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Certifying Cyber Personnel Who Protect the Electric Grid

  • Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 1:00 PM EST (2018-01-16 18:00:00 UTC)
  • Tim Conway

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The Bulk Electric System continues to dramatically change with an ever-increasing reliance on digital cyber assets. These complex interconnected and interdependent digital systems, combined with increased adversary interest and maturing cyber regulations has created greater demands for knowledgeable, skilled, and capable practitioners working in the sector. The SANS GIAC Critical Infrastructure Protection (GCIP) certification provides a much-needed credential for the cyber operators who support the most critical BES Cyber Assets that a nations electric infrastructure relies upon. Join Tim Conway, SANS ICS456 author and instructor for an in-depth discussion on this new industry certification that will be available in early 2018.

To learn more about the ICS456: Essentials for NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection course, please visit the course page.

To learn more on this topic, join SANS for the 13th annual ICS Security Summit & Training, March 19-26 in Orlando. The two-day Summit (March 19-20) will bring together in-the-field practitioners and leading experts from a variety of industries to share ideas, methods, and techniques to help answer the question Who is in control of your control system? and to ensure that the answer is You are! Summit presentations and speakers are carefully curated by the Summit Advisory Board with the goal of having attendees walk away from their Summit experience with actionable content that can be utilized immediately upon returning to the field.

Speaker Bio

Tim Conway

Technical Director - ICS and SCADA programs at SANS. Responsible for developing, reviewing, and implementing technical components of the SANS ICS and SCADA product offerings. Formerly, the Director of CIP Compliance and Operations Technology at Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO). Responsible for Operations Technology, NERC CIP Compliance, and the NERC training environments for the operations departments within NIPSCO Electric. Previously, an EMS Computer Systems Engineer at NIPSCO for eight years, with responsibility over the control system servers and the supporting network infrastructure. Former Chair of the RFC CIPC, current Chair of the NERC CIP Interpretation Drafting Team, member of the NESCO advisory board, current Chair of the NERC CIPC GridEx Working Group, and Chair of the NBISE Smart Grid Cyber Security panel.

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