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NREL Smart Grid Educational Series: The Utility Smart Grid is in Danger of Prolific Cybercrime and Network DDOS Caused by the Explosion of Unprotected IoT Devices in Our Homes

May 19, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


The proliferation of IoT and connected devices in the home, offices and major industrial centers is exposing every utility and Smart Grid to unwanted intrusions and cyber-hacking. To make IoT devices smarter, they need to communicate over short-range low-rate wireless networks like ZigBee and BLE, but also across the Internet to cloud systems, creating an almost endless opportunity for cybercrime with entry points from less secure devices and rogue applications that control the latest IoT solutions. While artificial intelligence, automation, and Smart Homes provide tremendous life-style benefits such as energy savings, security, home care, or entertainment, the utility industry and InfoSec must lead the way in ensuring that our critical electric grids are not undermined when we need those most. Gartner believes that by 2025, the average home will have over 500 connected devices, controlling both mundane and mission critical functions in our lives.

In this webinar, Scott and Richard will walk through the emerging threat landscape of the exploding IoT space and the reasons why attackers are surfacing everywhere, anywhere and anytime.  By showcasing several threat events, this webinar articulates why traditional technologies such as antimalware and firewalls are not the solution for IoT infrastructure, and why consumers and their utility providers, should seek next generation IoT solutions for their homes now.

Scott Wu and Richard Yim are security and data veterans with deep domain experience building robust, high availability and reliable enterprise, B2B2C software platforms. Scott is CEO of NewSky, a revolutionary cloud, network security platform that uses artificial intelligence to monitor and protect against unwanted IoT intrusions and network traffic. Richard is VP Product Management for People Power Company’s IoT Suite, providing security, energy and care solutions for the Smart Home through large utility providers, offering the only Cloud, AI and Bot controlled home security system that learns.

The webinar will be hosted by Erfan Ibrahim, Ph.D., Director of Cyber-Physical Systems Security & Resilience at the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), who will be on location at SyracuseCoE headquarters building, 727 East Washington St, Syracuse, NY.

Attendees are invited to engage with Dr. Ibrahim after the webinar has concluded.

Speakers include:

Scott Wu is CEO of NewSky Security and has led many behavioral detection initiatives in security since 2003. He held engineering/research and management roles for Symantec, Microsoft and McAfee, shipped flagship products of Norton, Windows Defender and McAfee Total Protection, each with over 500 million users. His research team in McAfee spearheaded predictive threat intelligence system, enabling Intel Security’s foothold in APT hunting space. Scott owns multiple patents of behavioral and predictive intrusion detection technology.  Scott is a marathon runner and Cascade cyclist.

Richard Yim is VP Product Management for People Power Company. Early in his career, he helped design the first versions of Symantec’s antivirus and security solutions, going on to lead the development of Oracle’s database for Linux. Recently, he was VP and GM of IGT’s Systems Division, the leading provider of highly regulated and secure gaming platforms, for the world’s largest casinos. Previously, he was Vice President Marketing, Platforms and Ecosystems at SAP. Protecting what’s most valuable to all of us, our homes and families is a passion he shares with his teams at People Power today. In his spare time, Richard enjoys networking with the AI and IoT communities in the Bay Area, and building tree houses.



May 19, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm