T07-S02 Protecting Against Ransomware Cyber Attacks

Recent warnings from Federal law enforcement have noted that ransomware attacks are becoming “professional”. A commitment to cyber hygiene and best practices is critical to protecting facility networks. This training session highlights how ransomware attacks can target industrial automation and control systems, known vulnerabilities, and what can be done to better protect your facilities in the future.


Daryl Haegley, DAF Technical Director, DAF Control Systems Cyber Resiliency & AF/A4CS Division Chief , U.S. Department of Defense – Army

Tami Reynolds, Acting Group Manager, Cybersecurity Evaluation and Application Group, Energy Security and Resilience Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Megan Culler, Infrastructure Security, Power Engineer / Researcher, Idaho National Laboratory

Colin Dunn, CEO, Fend Incorporated

Christopher Bonebrake, Energy Cyber Program Coordinator, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this session attendees will:

  • Identify the dangers that energy systems such as the Colonial Pipeline can be affected by cyber security attacks;
  • Recognize how these ransomware attacks occur and how they can be prevented; Identify what the Federal government is doing moving forward to protect these systems; and
  • Recognize what is required and what are voluntary cybersecurity requirements for electrical, HVAC and water systems.


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