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Wednesday, February 17

9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
General Session
Ballroom South
 
Sean Jones serves as the Deputy Coordinator for Power Africa, a federal interagency effort working to significantly increase access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa. The program works with public and private entities to decrease barriers to energy resources coming online and supports necessary reforms in regulatory and political structures to ensure the long-term viability of energy sectors. With the support of the United States Agency for International Development and other federal agencies, NARUC engages with partners in East Africa, Nigeria, and elsewhere to help create an enable environment for investment and growth. State commissioners and staff play an important role in NARUC’s efforts, serving as expert volunteers on the ground and using their skills to help their foreign counterparts tackle regulatory issues and solve problems.

Moderator: Hon. Travis Kavulla, Montana
Panelist: Sean Jones, Deputy Coordinator, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Power Africa

 

 
A Conversation with Ted C Koppel, author of Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath
When Ted Koppel published a book on cybersecurity four months ago, it catapulted the issue into the foreground of public attention. President Kavulla interviews Koppel on his book, why he became interested in the issue, and how to translate a technical issue into a matter for public consumption.

Moderator: Hon. Travis Kavulla, Montana

 

 
C0dEB1ack
In this interactive cyber mutual assistance exercise, we will walk through a scenario where companies across utility sectors get hacked with malware. Audience members will play a role in determining how to react, how to communicate threat information, and how to recover from the event.

This workshop will take place in two parts. In the morning, you will experience the events as they unfold. You will be faced with decisions for how to address a time-sensitive cyber threat, how to figure out if you have the right resources to address the problem, and whether or not cybersecurity mutual assistance could help. During the afternoon session, participants will provide input and learn from one another about what can be done to mitigate the effects of a cyber attack, how to communicate across utility sectors, and what issues related to cybersecurity cost recovery exist.

Moderator: Miles Keogh, Director, NARUC Research Lab

 

11:45 a.m.
Meetings Adjourn
 
11:45 a.m. - 3:00 pm
Board of Directors Meeting
Congressional Ballroom

12:40 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.
SC0dEB1ack Afternoon Workshop
Building from our morning session, this afternoon workshop will let participants dig deeper into the morning’s cyberattack scenario. You’ll be able to provide input and learn from one another about what can be done to mitigate the effects of a cyber attack, how to communicate across utility sectors, what issues related to cybersecurity cost recovery exist, and how we can develop a mutual assistance model to effectuate a positive outcome for cybersecurity problems. You will be faced with decisions for how to address a time-sensitive cyber threat, how to figure out if you have the right resources to address the problem, and whether or not cybersecurity mutual assistance could help.

Moderators:
Miles Keogh, NARUC, Director of Grants and Research
Sharon Thomas, NARUC, Senior Program Officer