WS2: Next steps toward securing the Smart Grid

Part 1: Privacy and Cyber-Security of Smart Grid at Various Levels

Chair: Edmond Jonckheere

Time Duration Content by
09:00 00:00 Start of Workshop  
09:00 01:30 Compact Modeling of Complex Smart Grid Dynamics: Application to Change Point Detection of Voltage Collapse Edmond Jonckheere, Paul Bogdan, Laith Shalalfeh, Univ. of Southern California
10:30 00:30 Coffee Break  
11:00 01:30 Optimal Demand-Side Management for Joint Privacy-Cost
Optimization with Energy Storage
Giulio Giacconi, Deniz Gündüz, Imperial College;
H. Vincent Poor, Princeton University
12:30 01:00 Lunch Break  
13:30 01:30 Physical Watermarking for Securing Cyber Physical Systems with
Packet Drops
Bruno Sinopoli, Carnegie Mellon University
15:00 00:30 Coffee Break  
15:30 01:30 Open discussion & Panel discussion Edmond Jonckheere, Paul Bogdan, Laith Shalalfeh, Giulio Giacconi, Deniz Gündüz, H. Vincent Poor, and Bruno Sinopoli
17:00 00:00 End of Workshop  

Part 2: Next steps toward securing the Smart Grid

Chair: Ravi Pradhan

is Vice President, Technology Strategy, for Siemens Digital Grid Division Software and Solutions in Minneapolis. With 20 years experience building and integrating control center systems, electricity market systems and other operational IT systems, Ravi is part of the global Siemens Digital Grid Software product house and is responsible for selecting and implementing the appropriate technologies for Siemens Digital Grid software solutions. Ravi is currently focused on architecting systems to accommodate the growing penetration of DERs in the grid, using technological and market mechanisms.
Ravi was a principal system architect for the California ISO Market Redesign and Technology Update project, which included a large IT integration component, along with market optimization software. He was also the executive technical lead for the PJM AC2 project that implemented a ground-breaking dual primary control center for managing the bulk of the northeast USA’s transmission grid. Prior to that, he has also been the lead on EMS projects in Mexico City; Johannesburg, South Africa, NSP in Minneapolis, and Hydro-Quebec in Montreal.
Ravi earned his B.S. in computer science from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.


Jeremy Bryant
leads the global product and sales development for the Siemens Industrial Communications RUGGEDCOM business portfolio. In this capacity, he identifies emerging market trends; works with customers and Siemens businesses worldwide to provide best in class industrial communications offers, specifically for the power utility, energy, defense and transportation markets. Jeremy also contributes to the company’s thought leadership on networking and cybersecurity for these verticals. Jeremy has over 21 years of Sales and Marketing experience in the Industrial Automation and Communications Market. During this time, he has held leadership roles in sales and marketing for Industrial Communications and Automation business. He holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering with a Minor in General Business from Louisiana Tech University, USA

Matt Stewart: is Senior Cyber Security Architect at Siemens Energy, Alpharetta, GA since January 2017. From 2009 – 2016 he worked as a Technical Support Engineer at the CORE Team and as a Support Technician for the DCS Hotline and as Field Admin. Before that he had several positions at Avalon Vision Solutions, Lithia Springs, GA, Geek Quad, Atlanta, GA and Best Buy, Douglasville, GA.


As Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) enable the rapid transformation of the electricity grid into a smart grid, it also opens vast set of new challenges specifically in the aspects of grid security. The reality in today’s environment is that the probability of cyber related breach is 100%. The instinct to simply disconnect is not sustainable in the long term. The benefits of digitalization are far too great.
This workshop will focus on the industrial security strategy with a cyclical approach for addressing the fundamentals, and a sensible approach to connectivity and defense measures. Attendees will gain the benefit of understanding where the risk is coming from, identifying the gaps in defense and learn how maintain the network security posture by having visibility into the network.
The objectives of the workshop will be achieved through a series of presentations and a workgroup breakout session.


Time Duration Content by Format
09:00 00:00 Start of Workshop    
09:00 00:30 Current challenges to the Grid tba Presentation
  00:30 State of the industry readiness & Pratical solutions to close the gap tba Presentation
  00:30 Moving towards a Secure substation concept tba Presentation
10:30 00:30 Coffee Break    
11:00 01:00 Table top exercise – team breakout to solve practical scenarios all Group Work
12:00 00:30 Group Findings Presentations all Open Discussion
12:30 00:00 End of Workshop