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A Summer School on Cyber Security for Smart Energy Systems

May 2nd, 2011 / in research horizons, resources / by Erwin Gianchandani

Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid (TCIPG) CenterWith support from the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid (TCIPG) Center — a multi-university collaboration addressing the challenge of how to protect the nation’s power grid by significantly improving the way the power grid infrastructure is built — has announced the Cyber Security for Smart Energy Systems Summer School. Practitioners, researchers, and graduate students are invited to attend and explore the nexus between electrical energy systems and cyber security.

Power industry practitioners, researchers, and graduate students are invited to participate in the 2011 TCIPG Summer School on Cyber Security for Smart Energy Systems. The Summer School will be held June 13-17, 2011 at the Q Center… in St. Charles, Illinois, just a 45-minute drive from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.


The program is designed to provide an essential background in the basics of cyber security, and in the traditional generation, transmission, and distribution systems of the power grid. Participants will gain an understanding of how the power grid is evolving into a smarter energy system with an emphasis on associated cyber security challenges. Experts from industry, national labs, academia, and government will lead sessions that include case studies from industry and examples from current research. Idaho National Laboratory will also offer an optional, hands-on SCADA Security Lab. Labs will be offered Tuesday and Thursday and will be limited to 40 participants each day on a first-registered, first-served basis. A Networking Reception on Wednesday will offer participants an opportunity to connect with leading experts, researchers, and practitioners in fields that address cyber security for smart energy systems.


Capacity is limited, so register soon to guarantee your spot! Registration rates increase May 17th, and the registration period ends May 25th. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

For more information, including instructions for registering, check out the summer school website.

(Contributed by Erwin Gianchandani, CCC Director)

A Summer School on Cyber Security for Smart Energy Systems