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Experts Discuss Critical Infrastructure Protection at Penn State’s Annual Workshop

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania – Twenty-eight experts from various fields participated as panelists and presenters at the 2022 Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Workshop, co-hosted by the Penn State Center for Security Research and Education (CSRE) ; Center for Energy Law and Policy; and the Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. The workshop, held from March 29 to April 1, attracted more than 200 participants from the United States and around the world.

“We are thrilled and honored that the workshop generated a high level of participation and engagement within Penn State as well as with our partners in academia, industry and government,” said Vice Admiral (Retired) James W. Houck, Director of CSRE and Acting Dean of Penn State Law at University Park and the School of International Affairs. “Critical infrastructure protection is a vital topic for global, national, and individual security, and Penn State has significant capabilities to support critical infrastructure research, education, and outreach, particularly as it relates to the connection between energy and security.”

The workshop included six virtual sessions on topics ranging from information security, cyber threats, energy infrastructure, supply chain risks, and more.

  • “Information Security in the Electric Grid” was moderated by Seth Blumsack, professor of energy policy, economics, and international affairs, and director of the Center for Energy Law and Policy.
  • “The Cyber ​​Threat to America’s Infrastructure” was presented by Will Parker, Head of Offensive Security, Penn State Applied Research Laboratory, and Christopher Taschner, Head of Cyber/Intelligence Analytics and Operations, Applied Research Laboratory.
  • “Regulating and Managing Energy Infrastructure Interdependencies” was moderated by Chiara Lo Prete, Associate Professor of Energy Economics in the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering.
  • “Developing the Research Requirements for Securing America’s Critical Infrastructure” was moderated by Nicholas Eftimiades, Assistant Professor of Homeland Security at the Penn State Harrisburg School of Public Affairs.
  • “Securing America’s Critical Supply Chains against Global Risks” included a series of presentations and was moderated by Alfonso Mejia, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the College of Engineering and affiliate research fellow at the Institutes of Energy and the Environment.
  • “Next Steps,” led by CSRE Associate Director John Hodgson, concluded the week’s events with a discussion of how Penn State and its partners can better work together to support research, education, and outreach. in critical infrastructure protection.

For more details on each session, visit the workshop event page.

Penn State’s next event to address, in part, the connection between energy and security is the annual Energy Days conference on May 25-26, hosted by the Institutes of Energy and the Environment. The Energy Days conference brings together professionals working in all fields of energy to discuss topics ranging from energy technology to energy policy and justice. The aim is to create an opportunity for a wide range of stakeholders to collaborate, identify and discuss regional, national and global energy challenges and opportunities critical to society. Ultimately, the conference seeks to create new partnerships to address key research needs and provide innovative solutions to energy challenges. More information and registration information is available on the event webpage.