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ECCWS Keynote Speaker Outlines

Keynote Outlines

The following are outlines for the Keynote Speeches which will take place at ECCWS 2019.

Protection of Critical National Infrastructures

Dr. Leandros A. Maglaras, National Cyber Security Authority of Greece 

A major target of cyber-attacks is a country's Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) such as ports, hospitals, water, gas and electricity producers. The protection of CNIs has become an essential concern for Industrial Control Systems (ICS) operators, even more so as a result of a series of recent successful cyber-attacks against several targets, such as electric power substations and distribution grids, sewage processing units or even nuclear power plants. These attacks affect a substantial number of persons, potentially causing significant damage and ultimately threatening human lives. In this talk, we will discuss about regulations, directives (such as the NIS directive) and policies that may be used to tackle cyber-attacks to CNIs along with practical measures that need to be taken in order for these regulations to be effective.

Cyber Security Challenges for a Critical Infrastructure Operator

Nuno Medeiros, EDP Distribuição

The energy sector is undergoing a digital revolution, and utilities are becoming increasingly dependent of the complex and highly interconnected digital environment. These conditions reflect a new paradigm that the sector is heading towards, and utilities need to adjust their capabilities and business processes to ensure that grid security, reliability, resilience and QoS remain fundamental goals and ongoing challenges.
Although the digitalization process is clearly part of the solution, the introduction of increasingly complex, innovative and interconnected digital assets adds new vulnerabilities and greater exposure to cyber threats and new challenges for cyber security. Hence, this transformation of the traditional threat landscape requires an appropriate response to ensure the protection of assets, both physical and informational, as part of their business digital transformation.
Over the past 10 years, EDP Distribuição has been developing a comprehensive cyber security culture, emerging as a new priority risk on the Board agenda. By establishing common values and behaviors, improving security awareness, and developing strong preventive and reactive capabilities against cyber threats, the company is continuously and progressively reducing the risks of the fast pace of its digitalization.