Caribbean Energy Sector Cybersecurity Forum May 10th 10am – 5:30pm, May 11th 10:00am – 5:30pm EST
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Cyberattacks pose an increasing threat to the Caribbean energy sector. May 10 and 11, 2022, join the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) at the Caribbean Energy Sector Cybersecurity Forum to convene energy sector stakeholders, cybersecurity experts, international aid organizations, and other practitioners to discuss, learn, and network. Hosting events for all levels of cyber awareness, this event is intended to enhance the Caribbean energy sector’s security and capacity to manage the growing risk of cyberattacks.

Brought to you by USAID’s Strengthening Utilities and Promoting Energy Reform (SUPER) program with additional support from the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), this two-day event will promote a better understanding of the rising threat of cyberattacks in the Caribbean and what steps the region can take to mitigate this threat.

Subject matter experts from organizations including Deloitte, NREL, the Organization of American States, the University of Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean Climate Smart Accelerator, and many more will discuss their experiences with myriad cybersecurity topics, with an emphasis on the Caribbean power sector

Who Will Present?

Leading Cybersecurity Advisors

Speakers and panelists represent a variety of cybersecurity organizations and companies both from the Caribbean region and North America more broadly.

Regional Energy Sector Leaders

The Forum will feature professionals from the Caribbean electricity sector to share their regional knowledge and experiences and to provide local context to leading practices.

International Aid Organizations

USAID and other multilateral development organizations will participate in the Forum to coordinate efforts and learn from each other to align resources that work towards shared goals.

Dr. Cletus Bertin

Executive Director, Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC)

Crissy Godfrey

Chief of Party, USAID SUPER Program, Deloitte

Osvaldo Larancuent

Cybersecurity Engineering Degree Program Coordinator, INTEC

Professor Yufei Wu

ICT Program Leader, the University of Trinidad and Tobago

Patrick Hosein

Professor of Computer Science, University of the West Indies

Andy Bochman

Senior Grid Strategist, Idaho National Laboratory

Anne Robbins

Manager, Deloitte Cyber and Strategic Risk

Dr. Rishabh Das

Specialist Senior, Deloitte Cyber and Strategic Risk

Miles Keogh

Executive Director, National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA)

Kerry-Ann Barrett

Cybersecurity Program Manager, Organization of American States

Angus Smith

Head of the Trinidad and Tobago Cyber Security Incident Response Team (TT-CSIRT)

Racquel Moses

CEO, Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator

Lambrini Kolios

Country Manager for the Latin America and Caribbean region, U.S. Trade and Development Agency

Zoe Dormuth

Cybersecurity Research Engineer, NREL

Tami Reynolds

Project Manager and Lead, NREL's Secure Cyber-Energy Systems Group

Eardley Grant

Assistant Professor, The University of the Bahamas

Tsega Thompson

Director of IT Security & Compliance, Atlantis Resorts

Steve Granda

Cyber Security Research Engineer, NREL

Yanika Miller

Cyber Security Analyst, Symptai Consulting

Leon Brewster

Senior IT Administrator, The Barbados Light & Power Company

Dr. Moniphia Hewling

Founder and CEO, eMRock Digital Consultants

Laura Leddy

Cyber Security and Resilience Researcher, NREL


Why is Cybersecurity Important? Why Now?

Impacts of a successful cyberattack can be devastating for an electric utility. This can range from physical damage to infrastructure and blackouts to data loss or theft. Moreover, the consequences of ransomware are costly as utilities can be held financially beholden to bad actors. Now is the time to leverage resources, share knowledge, and coordinate strategies to take preventative measures against cyberattacks, ransomware, and other malware.

Benefits of Attending

  • Learn directly from those on the front lines about how cyberattacks can impact your organizations operations and how to respond to this rising threat
  • Understand some of the leading global practices for cyber threat identification, protection, detection, response, and mitigation
  • Hear how the rising threats from ransomware and other malware could impact the energy sector and the region
  • Expand your network by connecting with cyber and energy experts from across the region and internationally

Key Themes

Operational and workforce management aspects of the grid are changing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the grid is also modernizing through new technologies such as advanced metering infrastructure and distributed generation. The Forum will focus on cybersecurity in the increasingly remote energy sector environment. This new dynamic leads to many cyber challenges the Caribbean energy sector must navigate.

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