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A U.S. Perspective of Cyber Intelligence for Critical Infrastructure

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About the Lecture: The energy sector faces more cyber attacks than any other industry. Despite escalating risks, the energy sector faces serious challenges responding to security threats effectively.

It is imperative that the United States takes the necessary steps to update and protect its existing energy infrastructures – particularly the electrical grid – in order to bolster its security. Making things a little more difficult to predict, not all U.S. electrical grids are created equal. The electrical sector has been late in the game when it comes to embracing information technology that focus on technology.

Policy makers and private business alike must ask an important question: As energy independence in the United States continues to grow, does the appetite for attacking it grow as well? The very mechanisms of democratic government have become cyber targets. But the same technology that increases risk to government also enhances the government's defensive capabilities. Fortunately there is a solution – a course correction rather than backtracking on progress.

This event is a part of the Global Impact Discussion Series. It will be off the record.

About the Speaker: Patricia Schouker is an experienced energy analyst and an Associate Member of New College at Oxford University as well as a Non-Resident Fellow at the Payne Institute at the Colorado School of Mines.

She has extensive experience in global energy market studies, energy security and political risk. Patricia was recently selected as one of the top 40 most influential individuals in the energy sector by Right Relevance Inc., in San Francisco California and a top 50 female influencer in blockchain and cyber security by Onalytica in London.

Patricia worked at Le Figaro Newspaper in Paris and was a parliamentary assistant and attaché at The French National Assembly. While working for a petrochemical company, she wrote her thesis on U.S Foreign Policy towards Terrorism after 9/11 focusing on the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

As a member of Chatham House, she has led several research projects in the areas of energy security and emerging threats in critical energy infrastructure as well as policy and risk assessments of European and Russian oil and gas systems.

She has collaborated with various academic institutions, think tanks, embassies and the European institutions on European energy market, the geopolitics of energy and investment patterns.

She has published for the National Interest, Pipeline Oil and Gas Magazine in Dubai, Oxford Politics and International Relations Departments as well as the Foreign Policy Association in NY. She is a frequent contributor to international media on energy security and international economic issues.

Patricia studied law, international relations and security in Paris, London, Geneva and Washington D.C. She completed a course certificate on sustainability and environmental management at Harvard University and earned a certificate in Macroeconomic Management in Resource-Rich Countries from the International Monetary Fund.

Twitter:@Patricia_Energy


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