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Event Correlation Applications for Utilities

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Today, there is a flood of data pouring into Utilities. From AMI data coming into MDM systems to trading system data, to grid management data, this sea of information makes it easy to lose sight of threats to the core business. Combining this with the additional threat intelligence information necessary to protect your business and the scope of the data problem can quickly become overwhelming. Learn how utility customers are applying event correlation to their AMI events, threat intelligence feeds, and Customer Service System events to protect against security threats, while improving business operations, and reducing costs. Additionally, learn about the fascinating future plans that utility customers have for event correlation such as:

Pushing physical security event correlation beyond meter tampering and into video camera control and integration
Correlating micro-earthquake data with meter tilt tamper events to eliminate false positive security alerts
Measuring voltages across meters and the associated transformer to identify theft and meter tampering
It’s an exciting time of transformation in the Utilities industry and event correlation can help drive efficiency, visibility, and security in your business.

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Event Correlation Applications for Utilities

  1. 1. EnergySec 2014 Summit Brandon Dunlap
  2. 2. 2 United States Smart Meter Deployments History Source: Utility-Scale Smart Meter Deployments - Innovation Electricity Efficiency Institute of the Edison Foundation - 2013
  3. 3. 3 Of the 46M Smart Meters currently deployed in the US... ...three utilities are responsible for nearly a third of installed meters. HP Enterprise Security is a key partner to 2 of these top 3 utilities.
  4. 4. 4 Planned Projects Through 2015 US Smart Meter Implementation Map Source: Utility-Scale Smart Meter Deployments - Innovation Electricity Efficiency Institute of the Edison Foundation - 2013
  5. 5. 5 ...the beginning of the Internet of Things The Electric Grid is...
  6. 6. 6 The Data Deluge A small municipal electric utility in Lakeland, Florida went from collecting 122,000 data points per month prior to their Smart Meter implementation to 90 Million data points per month following implementation… ...a 73,000% increase!
  7. 7. 7 “We're entering a new world in which data may be more important than software.” Tim O’Reilly
  8. 8. 8 But we are constrained.
  9. 9. 9 Do More...With Less
  10. 10. 10 “I think frugality drives innovation, just like other constraints do. One of the only ways to get out of a tight box is to invent your way out.” Jeff Bezos
  11. 11. 11 What is INNOVATION?
  12. 12. 12 December 17, 1903
  13. 13. 13 Embrace the constraints Many tools have multiple purposes
  14. 14. 14 “Data is not information, information is not knowledge, knowledge is not understanding, understanding is not wisdom.” Clifford Stoll
  15. 15. 15 Turn Data Into Information
  16. 16. 16 Case Study HP technology is currently used to run a Security Operations Center (SOC) for a very large smart meter implementation. Correlating and tracking events around: • Power outage event correlation • Meter failures and tampering Allowing event-driven integration with internal systems to reduce technician dispatch
  17. 17. 17 Using the tools effectively All of this is accomplished with ArcSight: • HP ArcSight Connector Appliance • HP ArcSight Logger • HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Management (ESM)
  18. 18. 18 Summary HP’s event correlation capabilities enable utilities to create customized Smart Meter event responses, increasing network visibility and reducing cost.
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  20. 20. 20 Questions?

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