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Webinar: National Security Risks from Electromagnetic Threats

National Electric Sector Cybersecurity Organization

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (PDT)

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After years of study, reports from all relevant agencies and departments of the U.S. government indicate that societal and national security risks from natural or malicious electromagnetic threats (e-threats) are among the most dangerous faced by the nation.  Unfortunately, the evolving design of the U.S. electric grid, in particular, has created a unique sensitivity to e-threats, which the government studies indicate could cause a long term, multi-year blackout covering large areas of the nation.  As a result, new initiatives are underway in Congress, the White House, FERC, DOE and DOD to begin taking a range of actions to protect critical U.S. infrastructures and assets from Severe Space Weather and EMP.  International attention to this issue is growing, and initiatives by selected private corporations are also beginning, as bulk energy providers, users and operators work to understand effectiveness of options to protect their systems from severe electromagnetic risks.


Join us in this informative webinar presented by Avi Schnurr.


Avi Schnurr

Bio for Avi Schnurr  

Avi Schnurr is Coordinator of the International Electric Infrastructure Security Summit Series, and CEO and Chairman of the Electric Infrastructure Security (EIS) Council.  He has reviewed EMP and severe space weather infrastructure risks and protection options in the United States for the White House Executive Office, Congress, FERC, DOE, the United States Strategic Command, National Security Council staff and other government agencies.  He has also provided cabinet-level briefings on these subjects in the governments of the United Kingdom and other U.S. allies, as well as briefings to NATO, Parliamentary Committees, government science advisors and energy ministries.

Avi Schnurr has been a regular speaker at defense policy institutes, and has reviewed U.S. defense policy for the Department of Defense, the White House Homeland Security Council, Congress, the National Academy of Sciences, NATO working groups and elsewhere.  He worked until the end of 2004 in the U.S. for Northrop Grumman’s Space Technology Sector, where he managed U.S. and international defense programs, and also had responsibilities for a variety of space payloads and instruments. 

Avi Schnurr also founded and managed the THEL Laser program.  He has received numerous awards for his defense work, and holds patents for his work in laser and optical systems. 






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Wednesday, June 22, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (PDT)

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National Electric Sector Cybersecurity Organization

The National Electric Sector Cybersecurity Organization (NESCO) brings together domestic and international security professionals for the purpose of fostering innovative security technology, architectures and applications to improve the security posture of the power grid.  NESCO is an organization designed to foster the sharing of ideas and build relationships amongst electric sector suppliers, service providers, asset owners and operators. This collaboration combines the industry’s collective knowledge, capabilities, and experience to help protect the electric grid and enhance integration of smart grid technologies with the goal of adequately protecting against cyber attacks. 

The National Electric Sector Cybersecurity Organization (NESCO) is operated by EnergySec with funding assistance from the U.S. Department of Energy.

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