2017 Executive Management Conference
Featured Topic: Cybersecurity for the Water Sector
Securing critical infrastructure in a threatening world.
Every week seems to bring new cyber threats from hackers and newly discovered vulnerabilities. Announcements about successful cyber attacks have become commonplace.
Recognizing the potential for financial, reputational and perhaps even public health damages due to cyber attacks, water and wastewater utility leaders are confronting the challenges with new tools and expertise.
In October, attendees of AMWA’s 2017 Executive Management Conference will learn about some of the effective resources that utilities have engaged to enhance cybersecurity. Register now to better understand the options you have.
Doug Short, Chief Information Officer at Trinity River Authority of Texas, and Robert Lee, CEO of the industrial cybersecurity company Dragos Inc., will address “ICS Cybersecurity: Hype and Reality.” Real-world experiences will be used to demonstrate the value of taking an active cyber defense, which can empower utility personnel to monitor and respond to incidents in process control systems. These experts will discuss security strategies and ideas on how to implement them in your own networks.
Aharon Chernin, CEO and founder of Perch Security, will introduce an innovative new cybersecurity tool for water and wastewater utilities, offered through a new partnership with the Water Information Sharing and Analysis Center (WaterISAC). Describing the experiences of the utilities taking part in the WaterISAC-Perch pilot program, Chernin will discuss the power of Perch to identify cyber threats in network traffic, help utilities mitigate intrusions and create a water sector community of defense.
Attendees will also learn about the capabilities and benefits of WaterISAC: “The Water Sector's Top Security Information Resource.”
The full conference agenda taps water utility leaders and industry experts to share their insights and expertise on critical management issues including workforce recruiting and retention, regionalization, affordability, asset management, strategic planning, water supply, cybersecurity and more. Receptions, luncheons and breaks are built into the agenda to provide informal opportunities to network with water sector colleagues.
AMWA’s annual awards ceremonies will honor water utility excellence and a noted Georgia historian will take on the front-page topic “Hero Today, Gone Tomorrow: Monuments, the Confederacy, and How We Publicly Remember Controversial History.” The conference concludes with a Wednesday morning tour of nearby Jekyll Island, including its ecosystem of beachfront, inland marsh, freshwater lakes and woodlands.