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Presented by: Julie Soutuyo, Tennessee Valley Authority
Abstract: Over the past 40 years, the energy industry has evolved to a position of dependence upon information technology to accomplish its mission. Cyber attacks have become a “way of life”; as the Nation, industry, organizations, and individuals strive to operate safely and securely in cyberspace. Most rely on a compliance-based “whack-a-mole”; approach to cyber defense which presents multiple barriers to hackers, based on the last attack, with efforts to “hit” any that get inside the organization’s defenses. While still valid, this compliance-based approach has significant challenges: stopping intruders, mitigating the problems they create, and positioning an organization to achieve its mission under a cyber attack. Cyber experts across the Nation are increasingly turning to resiliency as a means for fighting through these attacks with the objective of meeting operational and mission requirements in spite of the attacks. This shift is driving organizations to rethink their organizational structures to achieve unity of effort and streamlined decision-making in the face of a fast paced set of operational demands. This presentation will highlight the strategies to promote a cyber resilient organization.