MetroCon to highlight intense prevention and mitigation of cyber attacks on major electrical grid
DALLAS (July. 31, 2013) – Deep concerns about protecting our electrical grid from cyber attacks will be revealed when Lockheed Martin teams with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for the 28th annual MetroCon Conference in October.
Teams of shadowy hackers are constantly working to penetrate cyber security protecting our electrical grid, top officials with Oncor Electric Delivery will reveal at MetroCon, but top brains on our side are several steps ahead because they discover vulnerabilities first. “It’s called an In-Depth type of strategy,” says T. Michael Quinn, vice president and chief technology officer at Oncor.
“We do everything we can to prevent (an attack),” says Quinn, but in “the unlikely event someone gets in, what’s our recovery mechanism? And so we spend time on that side as well, saying how would we minimize that asset or quarantine that asset in the event somebody would get into it.”
Quinn spoke by phone from his office in Dallas, Texas, on the ScienceNews Radio Network program, the Promise of Tomorrow with Colonel Mason. The program, to be aired Monday, originates in Dallas and can then be heard Webcast and archived for its world audience at www.PromiseOfTomorrow.biz .
On the program Mason asks Quinn if the electric grid as we know it will someday go away, it being of such old design, easily sabotaged, with so many firms and households working to be totally off the grid. “There’ll be a small segment that do separate from the grid,” Quinn admitted, “but most folks are not going to be in a position to totally offset all their needs.” So the grid seems here to stay, it carries power even when the sun sets and the wind doesn’t blow.
Upwards of 500 attendees are expected at the 2015 MetroCon Technical conference, called A Comprehensive Engineering Event, on Thursday October 22nd at the Arlington Convention Center in Arlington, Texas. Topics not only include cyber security, but Machine Intelligence, Power and Energy Systems, Biotechnologies, Software and Systems Engineering and other emerging technologies More information about MetroCon, conference registration, sponsoring/exhibiting at www.metrocon.org/.