Webinar Series

The True Costs of Cyber Crime: Cyber Risk Management for Public Power Webinar Series

Understand the cyber threat landscape, learn how to estimate the true financial costs of a cyber crime, and get tips on building your budget and risk management strategies.
June 17 - 24, 2020
2:00pm EDT - 3:00pm EDT

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Series Description

For cyber criminals and the organizations they target, it’s the wild west out there. The scourge of COVID-19 is driving workers to log in from home and widening the utility attack surface even further. Community-owned utilities and municipalities are targets of ransomware and other attacks at an alarming rate. Horror stories abound of demands to pay ransom to salvage databases and keep systems running. But when it comes to estimating the financial costs for an effective cybersecurity program, the issues are many and complex. 

There’s a tendency to focus too narrowly on the financing of hardware, software, and IT staff. This series explains how to estimate all of the potential costs of a cyber attack and build a cybersecurity budget and risk management plan that is both reasonable and effective. Review trends in public power cyber crime and learn how to budget for cybersecurity monitoring and remediation services, public relations/media management, municipal insurance options, and other emerging cyber protection strategies.


This series includes the following webinars—each held from 2-3 p.m. Eastern. Sign up for webinars individually or register for the series at a discounted rate. You’ll automatically get access to recordings and PDF presentations, in case you miss the live version.

Recommended for

All levels of utility professionals and policymakers including utility managers, governing board members, financial professionals, and IT staff—designed to take an in-depth look at the true costs of a cyber crime and how to budget for an effective cyber risk management program.


  • Sarah Baldys, Senior Vice President, FINPRO Energy & Power, Marsh JLT Specialty
  • Mark McKinney, MSIM, CISSP, CISA, CFE, CCFE, Director, Cyber Security Practice Area, AESI-US, Inc.
  • Charise M. Swanson (moderator), Vice President of Consulting & Training, Hometown Connections, Inc.
  • Kaitlin Upchurch, Senior Vice President, Cyber Practice Zone Leader, Marsh-Wortham
  • Doug Westlund, P.Eng., MBA, Senior Vice President and Principal Consultant, AESI-US, Inc.


Contact [email protected].

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Registration/Fee Information

Registration is for one person (individuals receive unique log in credentials that cannot be shared). Discounted group pricing is available.

Individual webinars: $109 for members; $209 for nonmembers. Click on a webinar title to register individually:

The 2-part series (discounted price): $150 for APPA members; $300 for nonmembers

  • Register for the series.
  • Webinars are recorded, in case you miss the live version (registrants automatically receive the recording within 24 hours). Continuing education credits are not available for recorded events.

Group Pricing

Save 50% when registering a group of 10 or more people. Contact [email protected] for details.

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How to Join a Webinar

  • Log-in information will be sent out the morning of each event (around 10:30 a.m. Eastern). If you do not receive the reminder email, please email [email protected]
  • Registration is for one person (individual logins are unique and cannot be shared). If you have multiple employees participating from one designated location (e.g., a conference room), all can listen and watch, though the completion certificate is only available to registered individuals.

Technology Tips

  • We encourage you to use voice over internet protocol (VoIP) instead of a phone line, if possible. This option provides the best audio quality and allows you to listen to the webinar through your computer’s microphone and speakers.
  • For best results, we recommend using Google Chrome to log into the ClickMeeting platform.


  • Each webinar is worth 1 CEU/.1 PDH/1.2 CPE credits; CPE Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
  • Registrants are required to log in via the individual web link provided by email before the webinar and participate for at least 45 minutes of the event, in order to receive a completion certificate.
  • The completion certificate is only available to the person who registered for the webinar. Attendance is confirmed by the webinar report log. Certificates are emailed within a day of the event.
  • Links to all handouts and an audio recording will be sent out within 24 hours of the webinar.

Speaker Questions

We encourage you to submit questions for the speaker(s) in advance by emailing [email protected]. You may also ask questions through a chat feature during the webinar.

Contact Us

Have questions? Contact [email protected].