Critical Infrastructure

This agenda is subject to change.

Critical Infrastructure

Sunday, November 12

10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Location: Tilghman
10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

The Subcommitee will meet in closed session.  The meeting will be led by Chair Lynn Costantini (NJ) and Sharon Thomas (NARUC). 

1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Key 6
1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Opening Remarks


Hon. Richard S. Mroz, New Jersey

1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Partner Updates


Matthew Duncan, Program Manager, DOE

Joseph H. McClelland, Director, Office of Energy Infrastructure and Security, FERC

2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Enhancing Grid Resilience: Strategic Insights

A recent report, mandated by Congress and sponsored by DOE, details a broad range of threats to the resilience of the electric grid in the U.S.  Dr. Morgan will share key findings and recommendations for stakeholder consideration.


M. Granger Morgan, Distinguished Chair, Committee on Enhancing the Resiliency of the Nation’s Electric Power Transmission and Distribution System, National Academies of Sciences

2:45 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.


2:55 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Toward Infrastructure Resilience: An Industry Perspective

The threat of high impact physical and cyber events continue to pose significant risk to power systems. Rapid response and recovery to such events is critical.   During this session, experts will discuss challenges to grid resiliency and activities underway to overcome them.


Hon. Swain Whitfield, SC


Scott Aaronson, Executive Director, Security and Business Continuity, EEI

David Huff, Electrical Engineer, Office of Electric Reliability, FERC

Andrew Phillips, Director, Transmission, Distribution and Substations, EPRI

3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Resilience Priorities and Practices from the Field

Improving physical and cyber security remains a high priority for infrastructure owners and operators.  During this session, the costs and benefits of third party engagement in these resilience efforts will be examined.

Moderator:  Hon.  Sadzi Martha Oliva, Illinois


Peter Grandgeorge, National Security and Resiliency Programs Advisor, MidAmerican Energy Company

Dominic Saebeler, Director of Cybersecurity and Risk Management, Illinois Commerce Commission

Jamey Sample, Executive Director, Americas Advisory Services,Power and Utilities Cybersecurity Leader, Ernst & Young

4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Resilience Metrics and Monitoring

Resilient infrastructure will depend on a combination of policy, practice, tools, and technology.  Significant investments have already been made and more will be required.  The question of how much is enough remains.   This panel explores potential means and methods of answering that question.


Sue Gander, Director, Environment, Energy & Transportation Division, NGA

David Miller, Regulatory Sector Coordinator, EIS Council

Tuesday, November 14

Location: Key 6
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. A2

Is A Cyber 9/11 In Our Future?

In August, the President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) unanimously approved a 45-page report that found the federal government and the private sector are “falling short” in protecting critical systems. The report also states that the nation faces “a pre-9/11-level cyber moment, with a narrow and fleeting window of opportunity to coordinate our resources effectively.”

Attendees will:

  • Receive an overview of the NIAC report and its specific 11 recommendations to address vulnerabilities.
  • Hear experts discuss their reactions to the report.
  • Learn what actions are being taken to secure critical infrastructure networks from cyberattacks.

View/download the text of the report (a PDF).

Moderator: Hon. Gladys Brown, Pennsylvania


Caitlin Durkovich, Leadership, Toffler Associates

Robert H. Mayer, Senior Vice President – Cybersecurity, USTelecom Association

Nick Santillo, Jr.,VP Internal Audit & Chief Security Officer, American Water

Wednesday, November 15

Location: Key 11
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. C2

Water and Electric Cybersecurity: Stakeholder Perspectives and Partnerships

During this panel we will explore cybersecurity approaches that are being used in the water sector as well as how coordination is conducted with the electric sector, which has common control systems. Speakers will discuss the controls and programs that water companies use to avoid being hacked, including how recent cyber incidents were prevented such as WannaCry, Petya, and more. We will also hear the regulatory perspective on the potential adverse impacts caused by cyber incidents in water and electric systems, including health threats, as well as how these threats are managed at the state level. Lessons from Indiana's recent cross-sector exercise, CritEx, will be shared. Additionally, we will learn about the role that partnerships can play in resiliency and cybersecurity, including lessons learned from Indiana’s strategic approach in developing cross-sector partnerships through the Indiana Executive Council on Cybersecurity. 

Moderator: Hon. Sarah Freeman, Indiana


Hon. Mary-Anna Holden, New Jersey

John Lucas, Vice President, Citizens Energy Group

Michael Luu, CIO & VP, Customer Service, California Water Service

Chetrice Mosley, State of Indiana Cybersecurity Program Director

Nick Santillo, VP Internal Audit & CSO, American Water