May 30, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT
New Web Conference Smart-Grid Security Solutions: How to Secure the Smart Grid From Day One
ROCKVILLE, MD, May 30, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/ -- New Smart Grid Today web conference registration still available: Sign up today to attend "Smart-Grid Security Solutions: How to Secure the Smart Grid From Day One" on Thursday, June 4, 2009.

The smart grid may be new, but relevant standards, protocols and benchmarks have been in development for years. As the smart grid continues to evolve, so, too, will the industry's response to its changing security needs.

"As we begin to realize the benefits of the smart grid in deployments across the U.S. and the world, we can't ignore the potential security problems we face as these systems grow," said Sam Spencer, Editor and Publisher of Smart Grid Today. "Because the smart grid uses a combination of different technologies that rely on network connectivity, there are significant security issues to address from the start."

This is an opportunity to get the experts' perspectives on how to secure the smart grid as it grows. Anyone interested in the development and deployment of smart-grid technology, including decision-makers, planners, implementers and researchers at electric utilities; utility service providers; security agencies and regulators will benefit from this upcoming web conference.

Speakers for this web conference are:

-Roger K. Alexander, Ph.D., Chief Systems Architect, Eka Systems, Inc.
-Frances M. Cleveland, President, Xanthus Consulting International
-Rohn Carlson, Senior Architect, Utility Technology Projects, UtiliPoint
International, Inc.
-Erfan Ibrahim, Ph.D., Technical Executive, Power Delivery & Utilization, Electric Power Research Institute

Sam Spencer from Smart Grid Today will moderate.

Registration is $247 per dial-in site, and allows companies to train as many people as can participate from one location.

Topics to be addressed include:

-Whether existing deployment or deployment plans are safe enough without some major hardware or firmware upgrade.
-How to provide end-to-end security for the smart grid while still making it easy to use.
-Using the business processes that have been working for years to improve infrastructure reliability.
-How the use of biometrics can significantly reduce security problems.
-Protecting the grid from disgruntled employees, often the most dangerous of threats to the system.
-What measures are being developed at EPRI to protect the grid.
-How to improve the integrity of the system by making transactions between senders and receivers binding and all actions traceable.
-How to create security layers that will detect and deter attacks and help the system recover.

To register, or for more information, go to http://SmartGridToday.com/247GRID

About Smart Grid Today

Smart Grid Today's mission is to help you navigate emerging trends and applications in the intelligent utility industry by delivering in clear, concise, easy-to-read language, timely news, trusted reporting, in-depth analysis and strategic insight not found in any other source.

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