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CREDC Public Seminar
Tuesday, March 13 
3-4 PM Central Time 
1030 NCSA | Webcast

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Our March seminar will feature Mark Guth of Nicor Gas, a subsidiary of Southern Company Gas His presentation title is "IT and OT, Information Security Architectural and Operational Divides in the Energy Sector."

This talk will explore the Information Technology (IT) versus the Operational Technology (OT) approach to secure the endpoints and network in energy delivery systems (EDS). IT has more general vendor and corporate acceptance of cybersecurity tools like antivirus, intrusion prevention, and log management than do the OT vendors. OT vendors partner with a much more limited number of cybersecurity vendors to provide the same level of protection for supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), control systems, operator human machine interface (HMI), applications, data, network, and communication. Those partnerships don’t usually coincide with corporate IT strategy, which are difficult to implement or accepted by the managers and engineers using operational technologies. There are also significant differences between IT and OT testing methodologies, vulnerability management, and level of security controls implemented.  As energy sector companies look to reduce costs through IT and OT efficiencies, how do vendors and energy sector companies work together to mitigate the cybersecurity risks and at the same time lower costs to the company stakeholders?  

Mark has 30 years of IT Operations experience focused on telecommunications and networking. 20+ years of Disaster Recovery experience and more than 14 years of Information Security experience. Mark currently manages the PCI, HIPAA, PCI, MTSA, and Privacy compliance programs for Southern Company Gas, a public utility holding company with more than 5 million natural gas utility and retail customers and over 6000 employees. Mark also supports the Data Loss Prevention and E-Discovery platforms for the company. Mark is assisting the AGA Natural Gas Security Committee (NGSC) & Cybersecurity Strategy Task Force with improved Cybersecurity Procurement Language for Control Systems.

Webcast info and other details will be made available on the seminar page:  

Other seminars scheduled for the spring include: 

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

Tuesday, April 24: Robert M. Lee, CEO, Dragos, Inc. 
Please note a change in date and time.

We will keep you posted as details become available. You can also check the CREDC Seminars page. 

 slide from Al Rivero's February 6 seminar "Oil and Gas Pipeline Transmission Infrastructure Cybersecurity and Resiliency"

If you missed Al Rivero's seminar, "Oil and Gas Pipeline Transmission Infrastructure Cybersecurity and Resiliency," you can now view video and slides on the CREDC website by visiting    

photo of Dilhan Rodrigo, Managing Director 

CREDC recently welcomed a new Managing Director, Dilhan Rodrigo, to the team. As Managing Director, Dilhan will liaise with industry and utility stakeholders to identify critical sector needs that CREDC can address in its research and development efforts to improve the cybersecurity of energy delivery systems. Learn more about Dilhan and contact him by visiting his CREDC profile page:  

 pipes and lines

Cyber networks form the backbone of the energy delivery systems that are responsible for moving natural gas, oil, and hazardous liquids through the nation’s 2.9 million miles of pipeline. The natural gas transmission pipelines connect to about 1,400 distribution systems that service more than 67 million customers.

The Cyber Resilience Energy Delivery Consortium (CREDC), led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has researchers who are looking to create more secure and resilient cyber systems for the oil and gas industry. Read about it here.


CREDC recently made its December 2017 report, "Strategic Alignment of CREDC Research with Recommendations of the 2017 NASEM Report on 'Enhancing the Resilience of the Nation’s Electricity System'" available to the public. The CREDC report brief identifies research activities that address and support specific recommendations made in the congressionally mandated report released by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) last year. Read the CREDC report brief here.

image of research slide from "Distributed Agent-Based Intrusion Detection for the Smart Grid" 

Learn more about CREDC research by viewing our team's research presentations. Each entry offers a video, abstract, a pdf of the slides (in most cases), and the associated research activity so that you can get more information. Videos uploaded in the past month include: 

Unified Gas and Electric Unit Commitment with Coordinated Generator Contingency

Network Policy-Enforcement Function for Reliable and Secure Control Messaging

Continuous Security Monitoring Techniques for Energy Delivery Systems

Distributed Agent-Based Intrusion Detection for the Smart Grid

You can also learn more about CREDC research by visiting  

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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