Overcoming Cybersecurity Challenges in Industrial Control Systems

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Earl Shockley

The evolving risk of a coordinated, catastrophic, cyberattack on U.S. energy delivery systems (collectively known as “the power grid”) via vulnerable Industrial Control Systems (ICS), resulting in wide spread, prolonged power outages, is not a new concern to energy industry executives or government policy makers. Owners and operators of energy sector assets understand the possible impact of coordinated physical and cyber- attacks which threaten the reliability and resilience of U.S. energy delivery systems. They lived through the havoc and disruptive economic and social impact of the prolonged power outages over wide-spread areas resulting from the 2003 North East Blackout and the 2011 Southwest Blackout events.

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Earl Shockley

Earl Shockley

President and Founder of inPOWERd

earl.shockley@inPOWERd.com

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Earl is a former senior executive with NERC. He is the developer of “Intelligent Empowerment” principles and a Cultural Maturity Scale (CMS) system/framework that aligns people, processes and management practices to maximize organizational potential and better achieve strategic objectives. At NERC, Earl was instrumental in NERC’s shift from a “zero defect” compliance and enforcement approach to one that focuses on an organizations inherent risk and ability to manage reliability risk with internal control systems. Public speaker and expert witness on complex issues involving regulatory compliance, organizational culture change, risk management, internal risk control systems, and event causal analysis.

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