Growing security threats are keeping all of us in the energy industry up at night. Your utility is not immune from physical and cyber attacks — you need to shore up your defenses and develop resilience, in the same way that you plan and prepare for weather-related outages.
That’s why we want to suggest you ask your security and communications teams to join the American Public Power Association, industry experts, and hundreds of other utilities like yours for GridEx V. It’s a free, online exercise to test how your utility and the industry as a whole would react to a coordinated cyber and physical attack on the North American electric grid. You may want to invite your local emergency management, law enforcement and other interested agencies to participate or observe to build relationships and awareness. Register your full team now.
GridEx V will take place Nov 13-14, 2019 and is hosted by the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC) and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). The exercise features real-time simulations with participants from the US, Canada, and Mexico.
This year, GridEx has been expanded to reach distribution-only utilities and those with limited generation or transmission assets. The American Public Power Association has been at the GridEx V planning table and ensured that there are numerous distribution level problems or “injects” that will serve to engage public power utilities of all sizes.
You can join us from the convenience of your office and choose your level of participation — “active” (i.e., directly involved in planning, exercise, and after-action activities) or “observing” (i.e., more limited participation).
By participating in GridEx V, you can demonstrate how you would respond to and recover from imminent cyber and physical attacks and strengthen your crisis response skills. The results of your performance on the exercise are not made public and you can use the information to improve your future preparedness and response efforts.