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Cybersecurity Strategies in Power Generation: Defence or Resilience?
Date: 28 October 2016, Friday
Time: 09:00 - 12:00 hrs
Organiser: Energy Studies Institute (ESI)
Venue: Orchid 4311/12, Level 4, Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands Singapore

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As cybersecurity threats increase in sophistication and reach, energy companies in the power generation sector have moved towards increasing their resilience against cyber-attacks and enhancing their cyber defense capabilities. Protecting the power grid and ensuring a reliable energy supply remain sector-wide priorities. However, should governments and the energy industry focus their efforts on strengthening defence or resilience? On the one hand, industries and infocomm experts appear to favour a cyber-defence strategy while on the other hand, others opt for resilience measures to recovery quickly when attacked, believing cyber-attacks are inevitable. Given limited resources, the question remains as to which strategy would be more effective in maximising the cyber security defences of companies in the power generation sector. At this roundtable discussion, the notion of defence or resilience will be put forward to the panelists who will discuss the merits and weaknesses of both strategies, and their relevance to the power sector to ensure robust energy delivery systems

This Roundtable will discuss:

  • What are the latest cyber threats in the power sector and the initiatives taken to address them?
  • Given the varying strengths of cybersecurity strategies of defence and resilience, what are the challenges that power industry stakeholders face in adopting them?
  • How can public-private partnerships and innovation play a role in building cyber resilience in the power-generation sector?
  • Looking ahead, how can power companies be incentivised to develop more rigorous cybersecurity defences?

Programme Details

Time

Programme

09:00 - 09:05

Opening Remarks

Dr Philip Andrews-Speed, Senior Principal Fellow, Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore (NUS)

09:05 - 09:30

Information systems in the power generation sector: Critical issues, trends and challenges relating to cybersecurity

Matthew Wittenstein, Electricity Sector Analyst, Gas, Coal and Power Markets Division, International Energy Agency (IEA)

09:30 - 09:55

Defence and resilience strategies to counter cybersecurity threats to the power generation sector

Ngai Chee Ban (CISSP),  Operations Leader Asia Pacific, Honeywell Industrial Cyber Security, Honeywell Process Solutions

09:55 - 10:20

What are the Public-Private Partnership innovations that can enhance cyber security defenses and resilience in the power generation sector?

Akhlesh Kaushiva, Programme Manager, Department of Energy, U.S.

10:20 - 10:35

Q&A

10:35 - 11:00

Tea Break

11:00 - 11:55

Panel discussion and Q&A

11:55 - 12:00

Closing Remarks

Dr Philip Andrews-Speed, Senior Principal Fellow, Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore (NUS)


Speakers:

Madan Oberoi
Dr Madan Oberoi
Director, Cybercrime
Interpol Global Complex for Innovation

Lim Thian Chin
Deputy Director and Head
CII Protection, Critical Information Infrastructure Division
Cyber Security Agency of Singapore

Mr Ngai Chee Ban, CISSP
Operations Leader Asia Pacific
Honeywell Industrial Cyber Security, Honeywell Process Solutions
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Akhlesh Kaushiva
Mr Akhlesh Kaushiva
Programme Manager
Department of Energy, U.S.
Matthew Wittenstein
Matthew Wittenstein
Electricity Sector Analyst, Gas, Coal and Power Markets Division
International Energy Agency (IEA)

Moderator:

Andrews-Speed Philip Andrews-Speed
Senior Principal Fellow, Energy Studies Institute
National University of Singapore

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