AFCEA Silicon Valley: The New Energy Cyber-Physical Security Model

In the rush towards electricity grid modernization, a door of opportunity has been opened. Originally, our electric grid was managed using well-secured manual controls run by on-site teams of engineers working around the clock. As the underlying technologies matured, remote monitoring and control of the electrical grid was implemented using SCADA standards. Today, control mechanisms have migrated to the Internet which many experts believe puts the grid at risk from hacking.


This session will cover the shift from the original analog system to the current Internet-enabled system and beyond, with emphasis on secure control through the use of secure hardware along with possible methods of risk mitigation.

Speaker and Presenter Information

Guest Speaker: Linda Maepa

Ms. Maepa brings over two decades of information systems, cybersecurity, and system science experience to the energy sector. She is a multidisciplinary scientist, inventor, and serial entrepreneur who has founded companies in the US and in South Africa focused on solving some of energy's biggest problems. She is an active advisor to academia, government, and industry worldwide regarding energy and economic security, energy sector cyber-physical security and risk management, and energy storage and project finance. She holds a BS degree in Geobiology from the California Institute of Technology where she currently serves on the Chair's Advisory Council for the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences.


Wed, Nov 1, 2017, 11:30am - 1:00pm


Active Duty Military and Federal Government:  $25.00
AFCEA Members:  $25.00
Non-AFCEA Member:  $30.00

Palo Alto Elks Lodge
4249 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306
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