Power grid cybersecurity leaders meet face-to-face in Edinburgh, UK in June 2022 to review recent implementations of IEC 62443

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“Smart Grid Forums is at the forefront of network security.” Don Miller, Chief Technology Evangelist – Network Perception

Recent research by Smart Grid Forums reveals that European power grid operators are now heavily invested in implementing IEC 62443 to manage the growing cybersecurity risk to their OT asset base. Encouraged by early implementation results, pioneering network operators are encouraging other utilities and supplier partners to more fully adopt the standard. Accordingly, Smart Grid Forums will host the first IEC 62443 Week 2022 conference, exhibition and networking forum from June 13-17, 2022, in-person in Edinburgh, UK, to provide the industry with an intimate, safe and secure environment for exchange best practices in the implementation of IEC 62443 for the power grid sector in particular.

The week-long event begins with a hands-on workshop on the fundamentals of IEC 62443. Presented by representatives from the ISA and IEC, this day provides attendees with a comprehensive yet in-depth understanding of the essentials of the standard. .

Days two through four are the main conference and exhibition, with over 100 attendees and 10 exhibitors gathered to examine practical implementations of the standard in a variety of smart utility and supply chain environments. OT cybersecurity leaders from network operators such as Swissgrid, Fingrid, Statnett, Vattenfall and Landsnet, among others, explain how they leveraged IEC 62443 to bring clarity and certainty to cybersecurity risk management discussions between IT and OT colleagues internally, and among their vendor ecosystems externally, to ensure both technical cybersecurity effectiveness and a good return on cybersecurity investment.

The final day dives into offensive cybersecurity strategies to help power grid operators guard against a rapidly changing threat landscape. Let by Dragos, this industry-leading briefing goes beyond IEC 62443 and reveals what is possible when power grid operators take a more proactive approach to getting ahead and staying ahead of the threat.


ENERGY TRANSITION – Embrace a forward-looking OT cybersecurity posture to enable energy system change at speed and scale

THREAT LANDSCAPE – Understand the evolving threat landscape and map the security levels defined by IEC 62443 to effectively mitigate threats using a risk-based approach

UTILITY PANEL: Cyber ​​Security Management System (CSMS) – Establishing a framework for a Cyber ​​Security Management System with IEC 62443-2 to define policies, procedures and guidelines for operators

EVOLVING STANDARD – Secure the development of an increasingly diverse and interconnected energy network with IEC 62443

ISO 27001 – Implementation of IEC 62443 in an ISO 27001/2 series oriented organization to achieve measurable technical security in the OT environment

RISK ASSESSMENT – Enable business continuity and organizational change through effective security risk management and governance based on IEC 62443-3-2 Security Risk Assessment for System and Solution Design

SECURITY LIFECYCLE – Applying IEC 62443-4-1 Secure Development Lifecycle (SDLC) requirements to achieve a sustainable approach to the full lifecycle of security engineering

ACCESS CONTROL – Application of IEC 62443 alongside IEC 62351 to manage risk induced by increased data exchange and evolution of distributed microservices

SUPPLY CHAIN ​​– Using IEC 62443 2-1 and 2-4 standards as part of a strategy to manage the increased complexity of supply chain security

TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION PANEL – Adoption of the IEC 62443 standard on a wider range of power grid industrial automation control systems

ZONES AND CONDUITS – Application of IEC 62443 to design and implement standardized security zoning architecture in a geographically dispersed grid

SUBSTATION SAFETY PROFILE – Definition of substation specific safety requirements to aid IEC 62443 implementations

SECONDARY SYSTEMS – Overcome complexity with a balanced approach to cybersecurity of secondary systems in the substation environment

CERTIFICATION AND TESTING – Understand the current scope of testing and certification of components, products and systems based on IEC 62443 and the improvements needed to fully meet the needs of utilities, system integrators and suppliers

FUNCTIONAL SECURITY – Creating simple and functional IACS cybersecurity controls to align with the needs of utility end users

SMART METERING – Securing electronic access points and perimeters to mitigate threats from smart metering infrastructure vulnerabilities

REGULATORY PANEL – To what extent is regulation driving the adoption of IEC 62443 and does it go far enough to do so?

IIOT SECURITY – Extension of the IEC 62443 standard to overcome additional security complexities introduced by the large-scale deployment of IIOT and Edge devices

SAFETY AND SECURITY ALIGNMENT – Develop a common barrier model with IEC 62443 and IEC 61508/11 standards to drive interoperability across the Industry 4.0 value chain

REMOTE ACCESS – Implementation of IEC 62443 to manage the risk caused by increased remote access

SKILLS AND TRAINING – Accelerate the development of the OT cybersecurity workforce as an industry to develop a skilled OT cybersecurity workforce


Gabriel Faifman, co-organizer – TC65 WG10

Frances Cleveland, facilitator – TC57 WG15

Pedro Marin Fernandes, IEC National Committee, Expert Member – TC65 WG10

André Ristaino, Managing Director – ISA

Michael Knuchel, SAS Engineering Manager – Swissgrid

Sampo Turunen, Secondary Systems Specialist – Fingrid Oyj

Siv Hilde Houmb, Senior Advisor – Statnett

Jón Elías Þráinsson, CISO – Landsnet

Michael Ebner, CISO – ENBW

· Jan Munkejord, author and philosopher at IACS – Equinor

James Cole, Secondary Systems Manager – Evoenergy

Samuel Ubido, Information Security Manager, Operational Technology – Uniper

Deniz Tugcu, Senior OT Cybersecurity Specialist – Vattenfall

Christopher Thompson, Enterprise Architect, Operational Technology – SGN

Santitos Garcia Zamora, High Voltage Substation Project Engineering – ENEL Distribution Peru

Carlos Montes Portela, OT Security Manager and ISA/IEC-62443 Subject Matter Expert and Certified Trainer – Enexis

Tahir Salem, OT Cybersecurity Manager – DEWA

Mark Clemens, Connectivity Architect and Security Strategist – COPADATA

Phil Tonkin, Senior Director of Strategy – Dragos

· Mo Javadi, Co-founder and COO – DeltaFlare

Cevn Vibert, Senior Cyber ​​Compliance Manager – Ofgem

· Jens Wiesner, Head of Section – BSI

Janne Hagen, Special Advisor Emergency Planning – NVE

Pierre Kobes, Industrial Cybersecurity Consultant – Dr Kobes Consulting

· Anjos Nijk, Managing Director – ENCS

Jon Wells, Committee Chair – OSGP

Andy Bochman, Senior Grid Strategist, Defender – Idaho National Laboratory


Platinum Sponsor: Capula

Gold Sponsor: SUBNET

Silver Sponsor: COPADATA

Exhibitors: Siemens, ISA, DNV, Irius Risk

For more information please contact:

Mandana White, CEO

Smart Grid Forums Ltd

PO Box 63594, London, N19 9FT, United Kingdom

Phone. : +44 (0)20 8057 1700 | mailto:[email protected]

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