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CREDC Public Seminar
Tuesday, February 6th 
3-4 PM Central Time 
1030 NCSA | Webcast

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Al Rivero, President of ANG Consulting, will present the CREDC public seminar on Tuesday, February 6 at 3 CT. The title of his presentation is Oil and Gas Pipeline Transmission Infrastructure Cybersecurity and Resiliency.

Abstract: The seminar focus is on oil and gas pipeline transmission infrastructure cybersecurity and “resiliency,” the ability to overcome challenges from cyber-physical disruptions and operational problems, as well as the ability of the system to return the pipeline infrastructure to operational status within reasonable time. The presentation will explain how oil and gas pipeline transmission infrastructures are physically designed and how operational technology is integrated to operate the systems. Secondly, I will discuss the operational requirements considering the regulatory aspect of those decisions on pipeline transmission and system resiliency. The goal of the presentation is to provide a better understanding of pipeline infrastructure design considering regulatory requirements, a better understanding of how SCADA and digital systems interact with actual pipeline operations, and to explore their impact on concerns for cybersecurity, challenges, and research focus.

Al Rivero is the President of ANG Consulting, a firm that specializes in helping clients develop strategic technology and growth plans. This includes the development of long-term (3 to 5 years) strategic technology plans to ensure reliable and secure migration of technologies. He also works with development companies to ensure alignment with industry expectations for platform use. Al has more than 30 years of energy industry experience having held various positions ranging from staff engineer, project manager, operations management, technology management to managing Chevron’s regulatory strategy group focusing on developing CVX-wide strategy for addressing energy-related regulatory issues and assisting key stakeholders with assuring compliance with regulatory requirements. He has extensive IT/OT integration project experience SAP, JDE OneWorld, as well as several Honeywell and Foxboro DCS system installations at chemical plants and refineries. Al has a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Cal State Fullerton and a Bachelor of Science degree in computational mathematics from the University of California Irvine. He has authored or co-authored a variety of papers on critical infrastructure protection for API, AGA, and DOE and has worked with DOE and DHS on critical infrastructure protection planning.

Other seminars scheduled for the spring include: 

Tuesday, March 13:  Mark Guth, Manager Corporate Security Critical Infrastructure Protection Compliance at Nicor Gas, a subsidiary of Southern Company Gas

Tuesday, April 3:  Jianhui Wang, Section Manager, Advanced Grid Modeling, Argonne National Laboratory

Tuesday, April 24: Robert M. Lee, CEO, Dragos, Inc. 

We will update the CREDC Seminars page as details become available. 

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On November 28-29, 2017, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) partnered with Washington State University and Oregon State University to host the CREDC Pacific Northwest Industry Workshop. The workshop included panel discussions, featured speakers, and two research project showcases. Visit to see the agenda, presenter bios, presentation slides, and research posters from the event. 

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We are excited to announce that the following activities were recently added to the CREDC research portfolio. Click on each activity name to learn more. 

To learn more about CREDC Research, visit: 

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IEEE Security & Privacy is the most widely read journal on security and privacy in computing. Nicol's tenure of the peer-reviewed journal will extend through 2020. Read more here.

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The University of Illinois has received funding for a new research program in Singapore – the CREATE Programme for a Trustworthy and Secure Cyber-Plexus (TSCP). The new initiative will work to make information systems both trustworthy, meaning it behaves as expected even during disruptions, and secure, or hardened against malicious attacks. Read more about the initiative here.


Anomaly Detection Using Optimally-Placed µPMU Sensors in Distribution Grids

Cyber-Physical Resilience: Definition and Assessment Metric

Cyber Security of a Power Grid: State-of-the-Art

End-to-End Delay Guarantees for Real-Time Systems using SDN

Learning Schemes for Power System Planning and Control

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 A slide from Tim Yardley's recent talk, "Cyber-Physical Experimentation Environment for RADICS (CEER): A Look into the Future of Cyber-Physical Experimentation"

A reminder of our recently added CREDC Videos Section where you can find archives of past seminars, research presentations, tools and techniques, and foundations videos. Below are some of the presentations we’ve recently added.


Cyber-Physical Experimentation Environment for RADICS (CEER): A Look into the Future of Cyber-Physical Experimentation

Securing Critical Infrastructure From Sensor to Reactor

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Research Presentations

RAINCOAT: Randomize Network Communication in Power Grid Cyber Infrastructure to Mislead Cyber Attackers

Resilient Data Collection of Wireless Sensor Networks in Oil and Gas Refineries

Illinois Testbed: An Overview of Resource Availability

Implementation of Resilience via Operational Controls 

Security Games for Cyber Resilient Bulk Power Systems 

End-to-End Delay Guarantees for Real-Time Systems Using SDN 

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Send us your job and internship announcements!

CREDC’s students are at the forefront of research related to Cyber Resiliency of Energy Delivery Systems. We’ll be happy to share your job or internship opportunities with them. Please feel free to email with announcements. 


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