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The evolution of HMI/SCADA systems, from Supervisory to Advisory

Prasad Pai | Sr. Director of Product Management | General Electric

HMI/SCADA, since its introduction has taken various forms and have been defined/redefined multiple times. However, their evolution has not been more pronounced than in the last 5-7 years. Some may debate that HMI/SCADA systems were the first form of IoT solutions, however, the IoT era began in earnest in 2015 and since then HMI/SCADA as a solution and concept has started to take on a different meaning. IoT combined with the Digitalization push and  interest of Cloud technologies into the OT space have led to a truly transformational need for traditional SCADA systems. The Supervisory aspect of a SCADA has moved to becoming increasing Advisory fueled with AI/ML technologies that are increasingly becoming mainstream.

 

Join us for a discussion on this evolution of SCADA and we can together explore what is next for SCADA

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How Cloud Control Systems are Advancing the Renewables Journey in Australia

Matt Brunton | Power & Utilities Solutions Architect | Amazon Web Services

Australia is leading the world in residential Solar penetration and is accelerating further ahead year by year. This creates many benefits, but also some problems in terms of electrical grid control and stability. This talk highlights a number of recent changes as well as upcoming changes in the way Electricity is delivered to homes and businesses. I will touch on how the cloud is enabling superior weather and load forecasting, also work that is being done in the startup arena to give industrial customers greater control and visibility of their electrical consumption in order to optimise their bills.

 

Artificial intelligence will play a key role in the future forecasting and coordination of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs). This has been a huge investment area for all the cloud players, and the ability to access extremely high powered customized AI hardware in an on-demand model where you only pay for what you use, has unlocked many use-cases that would have otherwise be uneconomic for all but the largest players. 

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Cloud-Based Management of Power Grid Automation Devices

Santitos Garcia Zamora | High Voltage Substation Project Engineer | ENEL

Andrew West | Regional Technical Director | SUBNET Solutions

The electrical distribution utility for the northern region of Lima, ENEL Distribución Perú (ENEL DX), has deployed a private cloud-based computing platform for its grid control system engineering functions while simultaneously implementing new functionality. The presentation will discuss the evolution of the ENEL DX grid equipment and the adoption of new technologies, including IEC 61850-based substation automation systems which have large numbers of devices. The system expansion introduces complexities for the efficient management of fault records and device configurations. ENEL DX has policies for technology innovation and organizational practices that have seen close cooperation between IT and OT to develop and deploy advanced technology for grid management. oNe of these technologies is deployment of a cloud-based system for automation system device management. The system has resulted in improved power quality with reduced time for restoration after power outages and improved staff efficiency by reducing the number of site visits required for system maintenance.

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How to utilize SCADA /IoT data effectively in Operations and improve business workflow? How it fits into the overall data strategy?

Prabhu Srinivasan | Technical Team Lead, Operations & Data Analytics, CBU | Vermilion Energy

Companies are installing or installed devices that generates a  lot of time series data from SCADA and IoT devices. The data generated from these devices are stranded with multiple vendors and at multiple places within the company. Overall, it is not used very effectively across the organization.  

 

This presentation will talk about how to utilize this data effectively to bring value to Operations and how to combine with other data  to bring meaningful impact to business and improve business workflows. Real case studies of using SCADA data into business will be discussed. 

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SCADA Reimagined for the IIoT age

Ian Verhappen | Senior Solution Architech | Willowglen Systems

Scott Greig | Senior Product Manager | Willowglen Systems

SCADA systems have been designed to integrate real time information from widely dispersed edge devices since their inception. Does this make them a 'natural' choice to expand that role to the IIoT realm? SCADA has the potential to answer the question "What could you do with inexpensive, easy to add, IIoT devices that can be deployed by anyone who needs them, when and where they need them?" This presentation will discuss how a modern SCADA platform can answer this question with a resounding "Yes!" by addressing the key IIoT challenges, including:

  • order of magnitude increases in the number of devices

  • massive proliferation in the variety of devices to be connected across varied industries

  • wide variation in the capability of the edge devices from single task execution to traditional controller, AI capable processors, and local display devices 

  • large number of messaging formats and protocols and

  • the cybersecurity requirements of widely diverse and dispersed systems into a single integrated SCADA environment. 

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Is ‘Wait-and-See’ a Good OT Security Strategy?

Jim Montgomery | Principal Solution Architect | TXOne Technologies

Modernization of operational technology has brought about significant challenges. Can we justify a wait-and-see approach when it comes to securing OT? The operations in OT/ICS used to be relatively straight forward, but as we become more dependent on connectivity, the challenges when it comes to securing assets become more complex. We’ll focus on use cases that deal with some of the most prevalent issues organizations encounter today: Legacy systems, insecure protocols, and ‘whose job is it anyway?’ are some of the topics we’ll discuss.  

TXOne Networks offers cybersecurity solutions that ensure the reliability and safety of ICS and OT environments through the OT zero trust methodology. We work together with both leading manufacturers and critical infrastructure operators to create practical approaches to cyber defense that eliminate the security weaknesses prevalent in industrial environments.

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Cloud Based Monitoring and Control for OT/ICS Security 

Chris Grove | Director, Cybersecurity Strategy | Nozomi Network

Danielle Jablanski | OT Cybersecurity Strategist | Nozomi Network

As industrial operations continue to assess and plan for the management of cloud adoption and migration, operators can leverage the cloud to do ICS security, even on-Prem - integrating sensors, smart devices, SCADA, and facility and industrial site monitoring.  While ICS in the cloud is a futuristic topic, Cloud Based Monitoring and Control for OT/ICS Security is here today. For some asset owners, cloud security for OT/ICS may bolster new installations and greenfield projects, and for others, the ability to leverage security in the cloud may offer a catalyst for future cloud-based technologies, data analytics, and IIoT integration.

According to the 2021 SANS OT/ICS Survey, 49% of respondents were using cloud technologies for operations support, and 32% were using cloud technologies for control critical activities. The move to the cloud presents attractive new business drivers for critical operations and resource efficiency, and unique challenges for remote access and malicious network intrusions.This session will discuss levels of cloud adoption in OT/ICS, trends in the marketplace, and take away strategies for cyber resilience with data on-site and in the cloud. 

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Panel | Digitalizing the Energy, Oil & Gas Industry 
Hala Ballouz
| President & CEO | Electric Power Engineers LLC
 

Today’s utilities face a digital transformation of their organization, business and operations. This panel session will focus on the challenges, strategies, innovative technologies, ROI and best practices facing the digital transformation of the Energy, Oil & Gas Industry

Panelists:

Kevin Kumpf | OT Technical Lead | Cyolo

Kevin brings more than 20 years of overall IT Security and compliance experience and over 10 years of cybersecurity, governance and critical infrastructure experience working in the energy, medical, manufacturing, transportation and FedRAMP realms, (to name just a few). Kevin is also a member of the FBI InfraGard program and have started security training programs at the local college level for up and coming students in the IT and IT Security fields.
 

 

 

Joshua Markham | Sr. Manager- IoT Emerging Technologies | Verizon

Joshua Markham has been a technical consultant for several industries spanning Manufacturing, Retail/Hospitality, Healthcare and Fortune energy companies for two decades.  His technical designs have spanned the Industrial Internet of Things, Security, Workflow Automation as well as SCADA and AMI merging hardware, software, networking and cloud technologies. 

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Blocking Ransomware with SCADA Network Access Verification

Robin Berthier | CEO & Co-Founder | Network Perception

The increasing number and sophistication of cyber attacks against critical infrastructure have reinforced the importance of building resilient cyber infrastructure. Organizations are identifying their critical systems and protecting them with multiple cyber-defense layers. However, many connected systems that form the perimeter of the organization’s network remain exposed. Attackers often exploit the perimeter, leveraging existing networking services and unknown loopholes to reach the network’s crown jewels through lateral movements. In this presentation, we will demonstrate how to assess the risk of lateral movement and harden firewall policies to enforce strict network segmentation through a step-by-step case study.

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Despite the evolution of dynamic discovery at the networking and protocol level, the SCADA software and data presentation level still needs manual specific address mapping, configuration and laborious user interfaces editing, when adding, deleting, or modifying the assets after initial system deployment. We all know that most real-world environments always experience change.
 

This session we will present some of techniques that allows the creation of self-aware Scada software applications, which will adapt automatically to the new devices and data models as they are dynamically found, without the need for further configuration step to integrate the new assets and the associated graphics and application, thus Self-Aware SCADA.

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The IoT InfoSec Conundrum

Michael Skurla |Chief Product Officer | Radix IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a rapidly growing mix of hardware, firmware, cloud services, and, in some cases, dreams that have vast economic and societal significance worldwide. In the end, IoT theoretically brings together what was disjointed to allow for such outcomes as insight, automation, and AI, and ML. Though these outcomes are in debatable states of maturity; yet the irreversible course is that intercommunity of hardware and data are driving a new world. This seminar strives to explain and offer answers to the growing security concern for manufacturers, software platforms, and end users alike so they can invest with clarity as they look to adapt to this new norm. 

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Why Securing XIoT Doesn’t Have to be so Hard

Ben Jackman|Sales Director CISSP | Claroty

The modernization of industrial environments around the globe is linking asset connectivity to the heart of what sustains everyday life. As assets within the extended internet of things (XIoT) proliferate throughout operational technology networks, priority No. 1 is maintaining an accurate, always up-to-date asset inventory. This presentation will explain why it’s important to understand what assets are on the network, how they are connected, whether they’re vulnerable to active exploits, and who can access them. Understanding the answers to these questions requires fundamental knowledge about the unique environments they come from, and the ability to tailor cybersecurity solutions to fit them.

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Applying Analytics to Support ESG Initiatives in Plants and Processes

Roger Quesnel | Chief Operating Officer | SkyFoundry

Corporate and government interest and support for sustainability and “ESG” related policies (Environmental Social and Governance) is growing across all segments of industry. ESG issues are increasingly seen by shareholders as an indicator of a company’s future success and are now a core component of most annual reports by public companies. Key elements of the “E” portion include energy efficiency initiatives, and Greenhouse Gas Emission tracking and reporting

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Pushing SCADA to the Edge

Marcia Gadbois | President & General Manager | ADISRA

The global Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) market size was valued at USD 35.38 billion in 2021 and projected to grow to USD 61.22 billion by 2030, according to Precedence Research.  The global SCADA market growth is directly attributed to an increase in cloud-based SCADA system usage; infrastructure development, such as smart cities and transportation; SCADA edge deployment; SCADA analytics; and a high penetration of mobile SCADA systems.  SCADA in the traditional sense is changing and adapting to address the ever-evolving global manufacturing challenges.

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Municipality Information Technology Panel

Cynthia Baughman | Water Utilities Technology Director | City of Garland, TX

John Chaney | IT Communications Manager | City of Irving, T

The panel will feature IT and SCADA technology experts in government and local utilities. The panel will focus on; SCADA systems & challenges, industry 4.0, Digitalization, Emerging technologies, Cyber security.

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Modernize Your SCADA Without Replacing It

Samantha McPheter | President & CEO | eLynx Technologies

One of the most prominent issues we see facing the SCADA industry, is underutilization. From systems integrations to data analysis and security, most systems are not providing tangible solutions to the problems facing the industry today. Our target audience has a current system in place, but due to a variety of constraints, are not able to replace their system. The goal is to show how adding a cloud-based data historian to an existing SCADA system, helps get more value out of the SCADA data, while reducing vulnerability by limiting access to the SCADA control system.