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Diane T. Hooie, Senior Advisor, Department of Energy

Biography: Dr. Diane T. Hooie is a Senior Advisor with the Energy Delivery Technologies Division of the Project Management Center at the Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory. She has over 35 years of experience converting new ideas and innovative technologies from the concept stage through production and to profitable marketable products. Her current responsibilities include implementing the Cyber Security for Energy Delivery Systems Program for the office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability as well as developing technical collaborations with non-traditional DOE customers, such as the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense, and developing international programs including Russia, Kazakhstan, Egypt, and Japan in the clean energy technology areas including clean coal, electricity, turbines, fuel cells, hybrids, and fuels. She received her BS in Ceramic Engineering from Ohio State University, MS in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a PhD in Engineering from California Coast University. During her career, Dr. Hooie has received many awards and honors and has over 100 publications and presentations, including two books and one encyclopedia article, pertaining to fuel cells, fuels, and turbines. In 1998, she was selected "Woman of the Year," and the highest honor, "Person of Distinction," for the Federal Government.


Working to Achieve Cybersecurity in the Energy Sector: A Public-Private Partnership Approach

Abstract: Energy delivery systems are critical to the effective and reliable operation of North America's energy infrastructure (electric power generation, oil, and natural gas production, transmission, and distribution systems) provides energy for our way of life. Today's highly reliable and flexible energy infrastructure is only possible because of the energy delivery systems' ability to provide timely information to system operators and automated control over a large, dispersed network of assets and components. This vast and distributed control requires energy delivery systems to communicate with thousands of nodes and devices across multiple domains, exposing energy systems and other dependent infrastructures to potential harm from accidental and malevolent cyber attacks.

Cybersecurity is a serious security challenge for the energy sector. Energy control systems are uniquely designed and operated to control real-time physical processes that deliver continuous and reliable power to support national and economic security. As such, they require security solutions that meet unique performance requirements, design, and operational needs. Cyber threats to energy delivery systems can impact national security, public safety, and our economy. Because the private sector owns and operates most of the energy sector's critical assets and the Federal government is tasked with national security, securing North America's energy delivery systems against cyber threats cannot be achieved by either the private or public sector working alone. Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility between the public and private sector.

The Department of Energy (DOE) is working to modernize the energy sector and integrate secure control systems. A common vision and framework for achieving this vision has been developed to guide the public-private partnerships that will secure energy delivery systems. This common vision, from the Roadmap to Secure Energy Delivery Systems, is that within ten years resilient energy delivery systems will be designed, installed, operated, and maintained to survive a cyber incident with no loss of critical function. The DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery System (CEDS) Program, has implemented a multi-faceted program to address long-, mid-, and near term research, development, and implementation to meet the stringent cybersecurity requirements of the energy sector. The approach to addressing the cybersecurity needs of the energy sector that is being addressed through the CEDS Program and their public-private partnerships will be discussed.

Important Dates

I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.

- Isaac Asimov

Just as drivers who share the road must also share responsibility for safety, we all now share the same global network, and thus must regard computer security as a necessary social responsibility. To me, anyone unwilling to take simple security precautions is a major, active, part of the problem.

- Fred Langa

In theory, one can build provably secure systems. In theory, theory can be applied to practice, but in practice, it canít.

- M. Dacier