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Cybersecurity: Confronting Threats & Safeguarding Energy and the Environment


September 27, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


K&L Gates LLP
State Street Financial Center
One Lincoln Street (map/directions)

Boston, MA (and webinar)


This event is free and open to the public but you must register.

  • Please register by September 25. Contact mcmurrin@eli.org with questions or to change your registration.
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  • All times noted above are EASTERN Time. The webinar will begin at 12 noon Eastern, 11 AM Central, 10 AM Mountain, and 9 AM Pacific. There is no CLE for this course.

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An ELI 50th Anniversary Seminar

In an age of digital technologies, the repercussions of a cyberattack expand beyond the digital domain to include environmental and human-safety threats. A cyberattack on an energy grid can result in widespread interruptions to the daily lives of communities. Yet, the energy network of the United States is less like a national grid and more of a patch-work, with each state and utility uniquely equipped, and thus susceptible, to cyberattacks. While advancing the infrastructure and resiliency of states' energy systems can mitigate cyberattacks, numerous environmental impacts can develop as a result of increased electricity generation, storage, and transportation.

How can cybersecurity be prioritized to strengthen energy grid infrastructures and improve local power security? What steps should be taken by states and local utilities to become more in sync with one another when addressing cybersecurity? How can stakeholders ensure environmental protection while advancing the energy grid? Panelists will confront these question and more as they tackle energy security and environmental safeguarding. Join ELI and leading experts as they explore how to protect the environment as energy systems become increasingly advanced, how utilities and corporations can balance the need for new investments into cybersecurity and the costs for customers, and address the inconsistencies between cybersecurity procedures.

Tara C. Clancy, Partner, K&L Gates LLP, Moderator
Sheila Keane, Assistant Director, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (invited)
Jeffrey S. King, Partner, K&L Gates LLP
Katherine Kountze, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Eversource Energy (invited)

Materials will be posted as they become available...

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