Monday, September 26, 2011

Smart Grid Security Social Metrics

For a bunch of tech geeks and policy wonks, the folks in our community sure do like to congregate and socialize. There are a spate of new conferences coming up, the most temporally proximate being next week's EnergySec Smart Grid Security Summit West in San Diego.

I'll be there speaking on security metrics, including the IBM-initiated Smart Grid Security Maturity Model (SGSMM) as well as the developing IEC 62443 2-4 standard. One way to think of these two projects is that the former seeks to look at security maturity from an organizational (i.e., utility) perspective, while the latter employs technical metrics to evaluate, and in some circumstances, certify, products, depending on their levels of security goodness.

Will also be involved in a panel comprised of the participant orgs in the Risk Management Process (RMP), including DOE, DHS, NIST, NERC, as well as NRECA and a CA utility. Among other things, we'll be talking about the draft RMP document, currently out for public comment. Click HERE for that.

But if San Diego is too soon, or too far away, or too comfortable for you, you've got three more options to socialize with Smart Grid security folks in coming months thanks to the London-based SMi Group:
Hope you can make one or several of these. They're definitely useful for working out some of our more intractable issues face to face. And they usually serve adult beverages at some point as well.