Cyber Security – Introduction and Two Case Studies

Presented By:
John D. McDonald

Smart Grid Business Development LeaderNorth America
TechCon 2020


The introduction to cyber security will discuss failure mode and effect analysis of security, understanding the threat, understanding consequences and risks, and factors of authentication. The first case study was the hacking of a GE industrial Ethernet switch, and this talk will discuss vulnerability messages and response, lessons learned, and a secure development lifecycle for product development. The second case study is a detailed anatomy of the Ukraine power outage on December 23, 2015, resulting in 225,000 end customers with three regional utilities losing power, and the three regional utilities losing remote control capability for many months. The detailed anatomy will discuss the 23 steps the hackers took over a nine-month period leading up to the attack, as well as the attack itself.

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