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Risk-Based Approach to Cyber Security

June 27, 2019, presented by Karl Perman

This module will focus on having a risk-based approach to cyber security including sample methodology and purpose.

Who should attend: Individuals with a role in cybersecurity or NERC CIP such as compliance, security and engineers.

How you will benefit: You will learn about the purpose of having a risk-based approach to cybersecurity.

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Service Oriented Network for Utilities (SONU) - Module 1

May 23, 2019, presented by Marko Deona

Introduction on how a Service Oriented Network Architecture can be used by Power Utilities as they migrate their communications infrastructure to a seemingly-inevitable Packet Network. We’ll cover the basics of Carrier Ethernet and MPLS-TP, and how they play a role in a SONU using MEF defined services.

Who should attend: Individuals who have a role in telecommunications for Power Utilities, those who are new to the Service Oriented Network concept, and those who understand the basics of IP/Ethernet but are still a bit foreign to Virtual Networking, Carrier Ethernet and MPLS-TP.

How you will benefit: You will gain an understanding of what a Service Oriented Network is all about. Learn how Carrier Ethernet or MPLSTP compares to standard MPLS. Understand how a network infrastructure can be designed practically using services for each application.

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Service Oriented Network for Utilities (SONU) - Module 2

June 6, 2019, presented by Marko Deona

Pre-requisite course: Service Oriented Network for Utilities: Introduction (Module 1)

Deep-dive into the different MEF-defined services: EPL, EVPL, EP-LAN, EVP-LAN, EP-TREE and EVPTREE. Understand how each of these services differentiate. What’s “service multiplexing”? What’s a “C-Tag” or an “S-Tag”? How to converge different LAN segments with a SONU?

Who should attend: Individuals who have a role in telecommunications for the Power Utilities, those who have attended the pre-requisite course (or have downloaded the pre-recorded session from the Training Archives) and those who understand the basics of IP/Ethernet, but are still a bit foreign to Virtual Networking, Carrier Ethernet and MPLS-TP.

How you will benefit: You will gain understanding of how each MEF defined services differentiate, and how these common terms play a practical role in knowing exactly the type of convergence your application will be getting. Understand how to apply service multiplexing and get the most out of your fiber. Gain insight on how IT and OT can be converged through a SONU architecture.

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IEC-61850 Proxy Gateway

May 16, 2019, presented by Brian Dob

This course will introduce the IEC-61850 Proxy Gateway and its role in substation-to-substation communications for protection applications. This course will cover the main features and application considerations of a proxy gateway, along with real-world examples.

Who should attend: Individuals with a role in designing and implementing relay protection systems requiring station-to-station communications and utilizing IEC-61850. This course is geared towards those who are both new to IEC-61850 and those with a basic understanding.

How you will benefit: You will learn common industry terms related to IEC-61850 and proxy gateways, including concepts and methods which are critical to design and implementation. Understanding the basic principles of a proxy gateway will provide beneficial related job knowledge.

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Vulnerability Assessments for Protective Equipment

May 2, 2019, presented by Karl Perman

This module will focus on the key activities and purposes of having a vulnerability assessment program for protective equipment.

Who should attend: Individuals with a role in NERC CIP such as compliance, security and engineers.

How you will benefit: You will learn about the benefits of having a vulnerability assessment program.

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HPS/RFL™ Webinar: Helping Utilities Move Forward in IP Migration

April 30, 2019, presented by Manny Duvelson and Marko Deona

As power utilities investigate the many options on how to modernize and upgrade their substation communications infrastructure, it is apparent there are major gaps that need to be understood and addressed for a successful migration both during and years after the process. Whether the gaps are technology, knowledge, IT/OT convergence or other, utilities need a communications solution that allows them to confidently upgrade their infrastructure without the worry of future integration or legacy applications.

This presentation provides a full assessment how power utilities can address various gaps and challenges. It will explore solutions as to how utilities can resolve this industry-wide dilemma and move forward with confidence to get the benefits of a modernized network without compromising reliability, survivability, operation needs and security. In addition, it considers how utilities can future-proof their infrastructure and implement a solution that eliminates the vicious cycle of vintage vs. modern. You will learn how it is finally possible to have a single-integrated network solution to deliver power safely, reliably and securely.

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Supply Chain Security Update

April 11, 2019, presented by Karl Perman

Update on the new (CIP-013) supply chain security requirements for regulated entities and the impact on vendors involved in the supply chain.

Who should attend: Individuals with a role in NERC CIP such as compliance, security, engineers and supply chain professionals.

How you will benefit: You will learn about the new requirements for those involved in the supply chain of critical systems to the electric power industry.

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Power Line Carrier - Hybrids

April 18, 2019, presented by Brian Dob

This course will provide the fundamentals of Power Line Carrier Hybrids used for pilot protection. Introduce PLC hybrids – what types, how do they work, how are they used, do’s and don’ts and troubleshooting tips.

Who should attend: Individuals with a role in Power Line Carrier and line protection from either the system protection or communications side of the business. This course is geared towards those who are new to Power Line Carrier and line protection.

How you will benefit: You will learn the basic principles related to Power Line Carrier Hybrids and the best practices for utilizing them in PLC systems. Gain confidence in your understanding of these often mysterious and misunderstood PLC components.

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