Sunspec Webinar: Nation-State Adversaries, Extortionists, and Insider Threats

Is Distributed Energy Prepared to Defend Itself?

The distributed solar+storage, wind, and EV/EV charging industries are growing at an exponential rate. Bloomberg has confirmed that solar, storage & wind outsell every other type of power today and predict this trend will remain unchanged for decades. A similar scenario is playing out in transportation where the vast majority of new cars, trucks, & buses will be electric and nearly 200 million chargers will be installed to support them. And all of these systems will be managed and controlled over IP networks.
Given this dramatic expansion and rising tensions between nations, it is unsurprising that the rate of attacks on power generation assets (see USDenmarkJapan) and EV Chargers, and the discovery of new power-system exploits (see GermanyNetherlands), is increasing and that sophisticated threat actors are taking notice.
In this session, led by visionary experts, we will discuss:
  • The build up of networked distributed energy and why it is an attractive target
  • The risks and threats that asset owners and network operators face today
  • Why cybersecurity solutions dictated by regulations are necessary but insufficient
  • How asset owners can protect themselves while increasing profits and long-term value




Tom Tansy, CEO, DER Security Corp



Admiral Michael S. Rogers, Operating Partner, Team 8.

Former NSA Director Mike Rogers retired from the U.S. Navy in June 2018 after 37 years of naval service rising to the rank of four-star admiral. He culminated his career with a four-year tour as Commander, U.S. Cyber Command and Director, National Security Agency. Admiral Rogers is a graduate of Auburn University and also holds a Masters of Science in National Security. He is a distinguished graduate of the National War College and a graduate of highest distinction from the Naval War College. He is an MIT Seminar XXI fellow and a Harvard Senior Executive in National Security alum.

Ross Young, CISO, Team 8.

Ross Young has been the CISO of Caterpillar Financial, a Johns Hopkins University Instructor, and the Creator of the OWASP Threat and Safeguard Matrix (TaSM).

Previously, he was a divisional CISO at Capital One and has over a decade worth of cybersecurity experience across CIA, NSA, and the Federal Reserve Board. His expertise ranges from attacking financial services for the federal government to defending organizations by automating defenses in Cloud Security and DevSecOps pipelines.


Simon Chassar is a seasoned enterprise technology, cybersecurity, and services executive with over 20 years of international experience leading sales and business operations within the SaaS, software, hardware, and IT sectors.

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