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CEO of Colorado Springs Utilities, APPA’s Lotto Participate in Grid Security Roundtable Exercise

Adrienne Lotto, the American Public Power Association’s Senior Vice-President for Grid Security, Technical & Operations, and Travas Deal, CEO of Colorado Springs Utilities, recently participated in a grid security roundtable exercise at NORAD in Colorado Springs, Colorado, along with senior government and energy industry leaders representing some of the nation's most critical energy infrastructure.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Strategic Plan for 2023-2025 sets goals and objectives to expand visibility of risks to infrastructure, increase CISA’s ability to respond to threats and incidents, and optimize collaborative planning and implementation of stakeholder engagements.

Through a series of high-level engagements, the United States Northern Command and CISA agreed to hold the exercise at NORAD.

The roundtable exercise included scenarios involving physical and cybersecurity threats.

Participation in the event at Peterson Space Force Base “was valuable and worthy of our collective attention,” said Deal.

“It was a chance to collaborate with leaders in the energy industry and military to help ensure that we’re mindful of and have planned for scenarios for the most critical energy infrastructure in the U.S. that could impact our national security. Colorado Springs is home to five military installations,” he said.

“Therefore, we’re not only 100% in support of anything we can do to help ensure national security, we also recognize the direct relationship between military resiliency and the growth, vitality and quality of life in the Pikes Peak region,” Deal said.