Best Practices for Ensuring the Cybersecurity of Utility Transmission Grid Assets


Content: Cybersecurity and Digital Grids
Date: 12-17-2020

As digitalization of the distribution grid marches on, along with it comes increased risk of cyberattacks due to insecure distribution automation equipment and assets placed along the system. This session will present an overview of overall cybersecurity best practices for distribution utilities and offer methods for identifying — and subsequently securing — the weakest link in the system. In addition, a representative from a Texas-based distribution utility will outline their utility’s ambitious long-term vision to standardize management of 5,000+ IEDs within 380 substations across Texas for both NERC CIP cyber assets and pole top distribution devices, presenting lessons learned, benefits realized and the constraints encountered in designing and deploying this sizable system.

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