Cyber security has become a critical priority for electric utilities, which are increasingly dependent on information technology and telecommunication infrastructure to ensure the reliability and security of the electric grid. Additionally, rapid, disruptive changes are happening in electric grids around the world. In many states and countries, initiatives are underway to integrate small, renewable generation into the distribution grid, to meet the local demand for electricity, while reducing the dependency on large, central generation facilities and long-distance transmission. This transition requires new technologies, connectivity, and intelligence, which inherently changes the attack surface of the grid and introduces new stakeholders in the delivery and use of power. This talk provides an introduction to these new cyber security issues, discusses EPRI's approach to addressing the challenges, and presents future research opportunities.
Galen Rasche is a Senior Program Manager in the Power Delivery and Utilization (PDU) Sector at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), managing the Cyber Security Program P183. This program performs applied research to improve the security and resilience of transmission, distribution, and grid-edge systems. He is experienced in the areas of cyber security, Smart Grid security and the penetration testing of embedded systems. Prior to joining EPRI, Galen led the Embedded and Application Security Group at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI). In this position, he was the project manager for several Smart Grid security projects. Galen has also performed cyber security research for government research laboratories and commercial clients. Galen earned a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign and a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky.