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Event: Guarding the grid

How vulnerable is the North American power grid to cyberattacks?  Join Passcode and panel experts via live stream on May 12 to explore that question.

Please join us on Thursday, May 12 from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. for a panel discussion with a group of prominent cybersecurity experts.

Protecting the power grid from today's cyber threats has become one of the nation's top national security priorities. Nowhere was this more evident than in the aftermath of the cyberattack in Ukraine that left more than 200,000 customers in the dark. The hack – the first known cyberattack to successfully knock a power grid offline – caused many in the US to wonder: How vulnerable is the North American power grid to such an attack?

We've gathered experts to look closely at how hackers pulled off the Ukraine hack, whether we are prepared for similar attacks, and how industry and government are partnering to safeguard the US power supply.

This event is sponsored by the Edison Electric Institute and held in partnership with New America.


Opening remarks: 

David Grant, @DW_Grant, Director of Content Strategy, CSM

Tom Kuhn, President, Edison Electric Institute (@Edison_Electric)

Panel 1:

Tom Fanning, @ThomasAFanning, Chairman, President, CEO Southern Company (@SouthernCompany)

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, Deputy Secretary, Department of Energy (@ENERGY)

Moderated by Sara Sorcher, @SaraSorcher, Deputy Editor, Passcode (@CSMPasscode)

Panel 2:

Rep. Will Hurd, @HurdOnTheHill, Congressman (R-Tex.)

Robert M. Lee, @RobertMLee, Founder & CEO, DragosSecurity (@DragosSecurity) & Nonresident National Cybersecurity Fellow, New America (@NewAmCyber)

Moderated by Sara Sorcher, @SaraSorcher, Deputy Editor, Passcode (@CSMPasscode)

The talk is free and open to the public. Doors open at 7:30 am for networking.

Follow the conversation on Twitter via the hashtag #CSMGridSecurity and follow us @csmpasscode. Sign up for Passcode's weekly emails at

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