PES Webinar - Digital Natives and Securing the Future Grid
IEEE Power & Energy Society Technical Webinar Series
Digital Natives and Securing the Future Grid
2 May 2017 • 1:00 pm Eastern
Presented by Nathan Wallace, PhD, CSSA, Cybersecurity Research Engineer, Cybirical, LLC
The grid of today is slowly transitioning away from the grid of yesterday. Every aspect of the modernized electric grid relies on an increase in cyber-based technologies. Though the applications of a smarter grid are virtually endless and help facilitate shorter restoration times and greater levels of energy efficiency, there is a new emerging challenge for engineers that results from this dependency. More specifically, this new challenge is associated with the design, implementation, and maintenance of secure and reliable cyber assets. By stepping through these concerns in detail and considering the aging workforce, this talk explores the role digital natives play in creating and securing future power systems.
Nathan Wallace Nathan has B.S. in Electrical Engineering, a M.S. in Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Cyberspace from Louisiana Tech University. He started his career as an Intern with Entergy’s Relay Settings and Configuration group. He then joined a utility as an Associate Engineer performing field maintenance of system protection and communication equipment. After seeing the grid’s growing reliance on cyber technologies, he pursued a graduate degree focusing on power system cybersecurity where he also worked as a digital forensics examiner. Nathan Wallace is currently with Cybirical, a member of the IEEE Power & Energy Society and the Computer Society, and a member of the IEEE-PES technical committee on Power System Communications & Cybersecurity (PSCC).