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The Keys to Municipal Utility Cybersecurity with Hong Sae, CIO at City of Roseville on the Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast

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    Hong Sae is the CIO at the City of Roseville, and he joins the Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast to weigh in on the unique municipal challenges as they relate to cybersecurity, offering tips and tricks from his over a decade in this role. In the increasingly digital world in which we operate, cybersecurity has become a core focus for leaders across the economy. In the utility industry in particular, ensuring systems are secured against potential cyber attack is a top priority, and the state of cybersecurity protections must continue to evolve as new technologies continue to get introduced to the ecosystem.

    For any utility big or small, the prospect of a cyber vulnerability can put customer data at risk, cause financial damages, and can even bring the operation of the grid down. Municipal utilities are stepping up to the challenge, with Hong noting:

    Most of the things that we do every day as today is to make sure that we're continuously scanning our network, making sure that's no vulnerability in place. On a year to year basis, all of our groups, general governments, utilities, we perform penetration testing, and most importantly, we're very, very actively involved in legislative influences, both at the state level and also at the federal level. And last and final, the most important thing, all three groups in our city Roseville has cyber insurance coverages. So at the end of the day, even though we have multi-pronged approaches, we treat all of our entire organization the same way.

    This entry into the podcast, like all of the series episodes, can be found on all major podcast outlets, including iTunes and Spotify, or it can be listened to directly on the Energy Central platform (where we also feature a written transcription if you'd prefer to read). Give it a listen and share your reaction in the comments.

    Episode #87. 'Protecting The Grid With Municipal-Level Cybersecurity' With Hong Sae Of City Of Roseville [an Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast]

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