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Cybersecurity of the Electric Grid Capitol Hill Forum

  • Room 201, Capitol Vistor Center (map)

The Lexington Institute is hosting a Cybersecurity of the Electric Grid Capitol Hill Forum on Friday, June 8th at 12pm.


  • Mr. Bryson Bort, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, SCYTHE
  • Mr. Cade Burks, Chief Digital Officer, Big Data Energy
  • Mr. Cameron Camp, Security Researcher, ESET
  • Ms. Constance Douris, Vice President, Lexington Institute
  • Mr. Pete Fischer, Director, Software Programs, Sierra Nevada Corporation
  • Mr. Bob Gray, Chief Scientist, BAE Systems Inc.
  • Mr. Sean M. Griffin, Senior Manager, Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center
  • Mr. Stewart Kantor, Chief Executive Officer, Full Spectrum
  • Mr. Joel Max, Analyst, Cyber Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Mr. Jim McCarthy, Senior Security Engineer, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Representative Jerry McNerney, Member, House Committee on Energy and Commerce
  • Mr. Richard Mroz, Former President, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
  • Mr. Mark Orlando, Chief Technology Officer, Raytheon
  • Mr. Bob Pickett, Commissioner, Regulatory Commission of Alaska
  • Mr. Daniel Riedel, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, New Context

If a mass power outage were to result from a cyberattack on the electric grid, national security and economic stability would be threatened. This is because hospitals, banks, factories, pipelines, financial networks, water systems, telecommunications and military bases cannot function without electricity.

Ukraine is an example of a country that had to shut down its grid twice due to a cyberattack. Just last year, a virus called Industroyer, also known as “Crash Override,” was discovered that aims to damage equipment on the electric grid by turning off power, creating rolling blackouts or causing physical destruction. This virus is one example of a potential threat to all substations and circuit breakers which are largely standardized across the world.

Operators of the grid need tools to detect and correct malicious threats in networks before they cause serious damage to the electric system and critical infrastructure. Policymakers and industry need to collectively implement effective strategies so that citizens do not have to worry about cyber threats compromising electricity access.

This forum will be a series of ten-minute back-to-back presentations delivered by subject matter experts. Here is a link to a similar event we hosted last year. Please contact Ms. Rathna Muralidharan if you are able to attend on June 8th via email at muralidharan@lexingtoninstitute.org or by phone at 703-522-5828.

Lexington Institute

Cybersecurity of the Electric Grid  Capitol Hill Forum

Friday, June 8, 2018
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center 201AB
East Capitol Street and 1st Street, NE
Washington, DC 20003
(Lunch will be served)