Event

2019 Midwest Regional Municipal Utility Cybersecurity Summit

The Summit will provide education on the tools, technologies and resources available to municipal utilities to establish and maintain a successful cybersecurity program, no matter what the size of your utility.
July 24 - 25, 2019
University of Nebraska at Kearney

Description

The Summit will provide education on the tools, technologies, and resources available to municipal utilities to establish and maintain a successful cybersecurity program, no matter the size of your utility. The Summit will also provide networking and information sharing opportunities so that attendees can learn from each other. All utility executives, managers, and engineers with cybersecurity as a part of your responsibility will benefit from attending this important event.

Day one will include both a management and operations track and will provide a combination of introductory and advanced concepts for cybersecurity at your organization. Day two will provide more detailed information for IT, OT, and security practitioners interested in exploring security tools and resources available for public power. 

Please register using this link or the button on the banner above.

Speakers

The Summit agenda with attached bio of speakers can be viewed here.

Agenda

Day One

12:00 pm Registration and Lunch

12:30 pm Welcome and opening remarks
Honorable Mike Foley, Lieutenant Governor of the State of Nebraska

1:00 pm Panel Discussion: Case Studies in Cybersecurity
Moderator: Christopher Kelley, PMP, Beam Reach Consulting Group

  • Recovering from an incident- what do you do when your city is attacked?
    • Chris Lindell, Electronic Systems Analyst, Beatrice City Board of Public Works
  • Phishing - Our #1 Threat
    • Lourdes Herling, Corporate Cyber Security Manager, Nebraska Public Power District
  • Stories from the field: Russian grid attack
    • Michael Tomasiewicz, Lead Cyber Security Analyst, Omaha Public Power District (OPPD)

2:30 pm Networking Break

3:00 pm Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery System (CEDS): Overview of program and available resources
Sam Rozenberg, Engineering Services Security Director, American Public Power Association

3:30 pm Information Sharing Resources for Resilience and Preparedness
Steve Herrin, Operations & CRISP Manager, Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC); North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and Kyle Bryans, Program Specialist, Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC)

4:15 pm DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Enhancing Rural Public Power Cybersecurity Capabilities
Joseph (JD) Henry, Cyber Security Advisor, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Department of Homeland Security

5:00 pm Roundtable Discussion
Moderators: Peggy Welsh, Welsh Energy Consulting and Christopher Kelley, PMP, Beam Reach Consulting Group

  • Top resources
  • Actions: What can you put into place now at your utility?
  • Actions: How will you maintain a successful cybersecurity program?

5:30 pm Testing Network Investigative Techniques (NITs)
Dr. Matthew Miller, Assistant Professor, Cyber Systems Department, University of Nebraska at Kearney

5:50 pm Closing Remarks
Sam Rozenberg, Engineering Services Security Director, American Public Power Association

6:00 - 7:00 pm Virtual Reality Cybersecurity Laboratory Tour
Dr. Sherri Harms, Department Chair, Professor, Cyber Systems Department, University of Nebraska at Kearney

Day Two

8:00 am Welcome and Objectives of the Day
Joshua Mauk, Director of Security and Information Protection, Omaha Public Power District (OPPD)

8:15 am Resources Discussion: Partnerships, monitoring, and collaboration to support public power utilities
Moderator: Christopher Kelley, PMP, Vice President, Beam Reach Consulting Group

  • Partnerships between the Nebraska National Guard and public/private industry
    • Tim Pospisil, Director of Corporate Security & Chief Security Officer, Nebraska Public Power District
    • Major Ryan Carlson, Cybersecurity Manager, Nebraska Army National Guard
  • Monitoring and response resources available from the Federal Bureau of Investigation
    • Special Agent, FBI Cyber Task Force Lincoln Division
  • State resources and support from Nebraska Energy Office
    • Joe Francis, Associate Director, State of Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy

10:15 am Networking Break

10:30 am Tool Discussion: Specific cybersecurity tools and technologies for public power utilities to establish and maintain your security program
Moderators: Peggy Welsh, Principal, Welsh Energy Consulting and Christopher Kelley, PMP, Beam Reach Consulting Group

  • Using the Public Power Cybersecurity Scorecard to assess your utility's cybersecurity maturity
    • Jason Christopher, Chief Technology Officer, Axio
  • Neighborhood Keeper - collaborative threat detection and intelligence program for small and medium sized providers
    • Matt Bodman, Advisor, Dragos
  • Elements of the Public Power Cyber Roadmap and how to use it effectively as your utility builds its cybersecurity program
    • Christopher Kelley, PMP, Vice President, Beam Reach Consulting Group

12:30 pm Working lunch

1:15 pm Tabletop exercise: Incident Response Playbook. Facilitated, discussion-based exercise that will simulate a hypothetical cyber attack affecting business and operational systems at multiple public power utilities.
Jack Eisenhauer, President, Nexight Group

3:15 pm Networking Break

3:30 pm Continue Incident Response Playbook Tabletop Exercise
Jack Eisenhauer, President, Nexight Group

4:30 pm Table reports and group discussion
Moderators: Peggy Welsh, Principal, Welsh Energy Consulting and Christopher Kelley, PMP, Beam Reach Consulting Group

5:15 pm Closing Remarks
Sam Rozenberg, Engineering Services Security Director, American Public Power Association

5:30 pm Close

Registration

Registration is free of charge.

Please register using this link or the button in the banner above. 

Summit Location 

All Summit events will take place at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Student Union Building, Ponderosa Room. 

Park anywhere near the Student Union at no cost. Click to view the parking map.

Hotel

Due to recent flooding in Kearney, Nebraska, many of the hotels in the city are no longer available. If you have an existing reservation at one of the hotels not listed here, please contact either the hotel's 1 (800) number or use the website you made the reservation on.

The following is a list of hotels in Kearney, Nebraska that are still open, operating, and have availability during the summit.

Country Inn & Suites by Raddison, Kearney, NE
105 Talmadge Street
Kearney, NE 68847
(308) 236-7500

Best Western Plus Mid Nebraska Inn & Suites
224 2nd Ave
Kearney, NE 68847
(308) 234-2541

Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Kearney
111 Talmadge Street
Kearney, NE 68847
(308) 708-7456

Holiday Inn Express Kearney - This is NOT the same as the Holiday Inn Kearney which is not currently open.
508 S 2nd Ave
Kearney, NE 68847
(308) 234-8100

If these hotels in Kearney are insufficient, the neighboring cities of Lexington and Grand Island, Nebraska have additional hotels available. The following is a list of Grand Island hotels with availability. If you stay in Grand Island, please let us know by emailing [email protected] We will look into group transportation options to Kearney, should the need arise.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Grand Island
3404 W Faidley Ave
Grand Island, NE 68803
(308) 675-1118

Candlewood Suites Grand Island
859 Allen Drive
Grand Island, NE 68803
(308) 381-7000

Hampton Inn Grand Island
504 North Diers Ave
Grand Island, NE 68803
(308) 384-9777

Best Western Plus Grand Island Inn & Suites
2707 S Locust Street
Grand Island, NE 68801
(308) 381-8855

Midwest Regional Municipal Utility Cybersecurity Summit Presentations

Lourdes Herling, Nebraska Public Power District - Phishing Our #1 Threat

Michael Tomasiewicz, Omaha Public Power District - Stories from the field: Russian Grid Attack

Sam Rozenberg, American Public Power Association - Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery System (CEDS): Overview of program and available resources

Kyle Bryans, Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) - Information Sharing Resources for Resilience and Preparedness

Joseph (J.D.) Henry, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Department of Homeland Security - DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Enhancing Rural Public Power Cybersecurity Capabilities 

Dr. Matthew Miller, Cyber Systems Department, University of Nebraska at Kearney - Testing Network Investigative Techniques (NITs)

Joshua Mauk, Omaha Public Power District - Welcome and Objectives of Day 2

Tim Pospisil, Nebraska Public Power District and Major Ryan Carlson, Nebraska Army National Guard - Partnerships between the Nebraska National Guard and Public/Private Industry

Joe Francis, State of Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy - State Resources and Support from Nebraska Energy Office

Jason Christopher, Axio - Using the Public Power Cybersecurity Scorecard to assess your utility's cybersecurity maturity

Matt Bodman, Dragos - Neighborhood Keeper - collaborative threat detection and intelligence program for small and medium sized providers

Christopher Kelley, Beam Reach Consulting Group - Elements of the Public Power Cyber Roadmap and how to use it effectively as your utility builds its cybersecurity program

Incident Response Playbook Exercise Presentation is available upon request. please email [email protected]