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The Siebel Energy Institute and Siebel Scholars present

The 2017 Conference

Energy Grid Cybersecurity

Threats & Solutions

Moderated by Ted Koppel

March 3-5, 2017
National Academy of Sciences Building
Washington, D.C.

Friday, March 3

6:30pm to 9:30pm

Dinner and fireside chat between Dr. Robert M. Gates and Mr. Thomas Siebel, at the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Saturday, March 4

8:30am to 4:00pm

Panel discussions at the National Academy of Sciences Building moderated by Ted Koppel

9:00am – 11:45am - What is the Extent of the Problem?

  • Richard Clarke, Cybersecurity Expert and Former Counterterrorism Czar
  • Robert Lee, CEO, Dragos, Inc.
  • Liam O’Murchu, Director, Security Technology & Response group at Symantec
  • Kevin Mandia, CEO, FireEye, Inc.

12:00pm – 1:00pm - Luncheon at the United States Institute of Peace

1:15pm – 3:45pm - How Should We Think About Securing Critical Infrastructure?

  • General Michael V. Hayden, Former Director of the CIA and the NSA
  • Dr. Douglas Maughan, Division Director, Cybersecurity Division, DHS/S&T/HSARPA
  • Tim Conway, Technical Director - ICS & SCADA programs, SANS
  • Steve Orrin, Federal Chief Technologist, Intel Corp.
  • Jeremiah Grossman, Professional Hacker and Chief of Security Strategy, SentinelOne

7:00pm to 11:00pm

Reception, dinner at the Newseum

Sunday, March 5

8:00am to 12:00pm

Breakfast, followed by breakout sessions, lunch, and recommendation presentations at the Capital Hilton



Panel discussions will focus on these key questions:

What is the extent of the problem?

  • Who is responsible for grid cybersecurity?
  • To what extent is the grid being hacked today?
  • What are the nature of the grid penetrations?
  • Who is active in this process?
  • What is the nature of the risk?
  • What are the consequences of a grid cyber-attack?
  • What are the contingency plans to deal with a grid cyberattack?

How do we secure the grid?

  • To what extent have we secured the grid infrastructure today?
  • What options are available to secure the grid?
  • What are the long-term solutions?
  • Who is working on these solutions?
  • How does the regulatory structure in the US facilitate or impair grid resilience?


The American energy grid, arguably the most important infrastructure to society, is increasingly vulnerable to cyber-attack. Without more active collaboration among researchers, the private sector, and government agencies to develop and deploy solutions, the grid will continue to exist in a tenuous state.

The Energy Grid Cybersecurity conference will focus on the frequency, nature, sources, and potential impact of cyber-attacks on U.S. critical infrastructure, with a concentration on the power grid.

This jointly sponsored conference between the Siebel Scholars Foundation and the Siebel Energy Institute will bring together political and utility industry leaders with top energy science researchers and the wide-ranging expertise of the Siebel Scholars, to discuss solutions for increasing the resilience of energy networks.

A Looming Catastrophe

Cyber-attacks are being launched on a broad range of electronic systems with alarming frequency. From banking and retail to healthcare and social media, it seems that no industry is immune once hackers set their sights on a system, and the power grid is no exception.

The Ukrainian power grid was incapacitated by hackers in 2015, leaving large swaths of the country paralyzed for hours. According to numerous U.S. and international officials, it is just a matter of time before an attack on the American power grid impacts our health, safety, and economy.

Reports, including the White House’s Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI), the Department of Homeland Security’s National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity have raised concerns about threats, vulnerabilities, and privacy issues with existing and complex, next-generation energy infrastructure systems.

Especially troubling is a recent report by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) revealing that the U.S. could experience a coast-to-coast blackout if just nine of the country’s 55,000 electric transmission substations are knocked offline.  Whether caused by a malicious attack or a flaw in system mechanics, such an outage could take days, if not weeks to remedy.

While such cybersecurity threats as credit card fraud and identity theft take a substantial toll on the American budget and psyche, a sustained power grid outage would precipitate a crisis unlike anything the nation has seen before.

At the “Energy Grid Cybersecurity: Threats & Solutions” conference, speakers and attendees will discuss and debate the extent of the grid cybersecurity problem, as well as how to best secure the grid going forward.

Innovative Solutions

Nothing illustrates the vitality of the Siebel Scholars community as well as its conferences. Current and alumni Siebel Scholars come together with some of the most brilliant minds in the world to discuss and debate critical social issues, developing innovative solutions to society's most pressing needs.

At our conferences, held periodically since 2000, attendees convene with eminent authorities—including heads of state, scientists, lawmakers, and experts—on pressing global challenges to discuss breakthrough discoveries and ideas.

Participants in past Siebel Scholars conferences have included British Prime Minister John Major, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt, U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham, and U.S. Secretaries of State Alexander Haig and Condoleezza Rice.


Siebel Scholars conference attendees play a key role in transforming discussion into action. The 2007 Siebel Scholars conference entitled, “The Economics of Alternative Energy,” and the 2010 conference entitled, “Energy and Climate,” led to the creation of several initiatives to significantly advance energy efficiency and security, including the Siebel Energy Institute.

The 2004 Siebel Scholars conference, “Justice in America,” gave rise to the Meth Project. Since the program’s inception in Montana in 2005, teen Meth use in the state has declined 63% and has since been adopted by seven additional states.  The Meth Project received a commendation from the White House as the most successful anti-drug program in history.

The 2002 conference, “Stem Cell Research and the Role of the State in Regulating the Economy,” prompted formation of the Siebel Stem Cell Institute to investigate the root causes of diseases and prospective therapies.


Dr. Robert
M. Gates

– Speaker –

Former Secretary of Defense and former CIA director

Dr. Robert M. Gates served as the 22nd United States Secretary of Defense and the Director of Central Intelligence Agency. Dr. Gates is the only Secretary of Defense in U.S. history to be asked to remain in office by a newly elected President, and is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Before becoming Secretary of Defense, Dr. Gates was the president of Texas A&M University. Dr. Gates currently serves as Chancellor of the College of William & Mary. He is also the former President of the Boy Scouts of America and still sits on its board.


– Moderator –

Legendary Anchor, Journalist, and Author of Lights Out

Ted Koppel served as a Foreign Correspondent, War Correspondent and Senior Diplomatic Correspondent for ABC News over a period of 43 years.  As anchor and managing editor of ABC’s Nightline for 26 of those years Koppel became the longest serving news anchor in U.S. broadcast history.  New York University named him one of the U.S.’ “100 outstanding journalists of the past 100 years."  No other American broadcaster has received more “Overseas Press Club” awards.  The Columbia-Dupont award is broadcasting’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize. Koppel has received 12 of them.  He also has eight Foster Peabody awards and 42 Emmy’s.

Koppel has written three New York Times best-sellers.  The most recent, “Lights Out,” examines the potential threat of a cyber attack on the nation’s electric power grid.

Koppel currently serves as Senior Correspondent on the CBS news program “Sunday Morning."

M. Siebel

– Speaker –

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,  C3 IoT

Mr. Siebel is the chairman and chief executive officer of C3IoT. He is also the founder and chairman of the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation. Mr. Siebel was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Siebel Systems, which merged with Oracle Corporation in January 2006. Founded in 1993, Siebel Systems became a leader in application software with more than 8,000 employees in 32 countries, over 4,500 corporate customers, and annual revenue in excess of $2 billion. Mr. Siebel is also Chairman of the Siebel Energy Institute, a global consortium for innovative and collaborative energy research for the public domain. Mr. Siebel is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and serves on the College of Engineering boards at the University of Illinois and the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Siebel is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received a B.A. in history, an M.B.A, and an M.S. in computer science.



Cybersecurity Expert and Former Counterterrorism Czar

Richard Clarke’s name is synonymous with both Cyber Security and Counter-terrorism. He literally “wrote the book” on both subjects, by leading the US Government on both topics from the White House and then, upon leaving government, by writing the best recognized books on both topics.

Today, Richard Clarke is a leading consultant to industry and governments on cyber security and sits on several corporate boards of IT security companies. His writings on cyber security have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and numerous other publications. His book Your Government Failed You: Breaking the Cycle of National Security Disasters was made into a film documentary entitled “State of Security”.

GeN. Michael
V. Hayden

Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

General Michael V. Hayden, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.  Before becoming Director of CIA, General Hayden served as the country’s first Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence –and was the highest-ranking intelligence officer in the armed forces. Earlier, he served as Director of the National Security Agency. Currently, he serves as a principal at The Chertoff Group, a security and risk management advisory firm, and as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at George Mason University. In 2014 he was the inaugural Humanitas Visiting Professor in Intelligence Studies at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. His recent book, Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror, was a New York Times best-seller.

Dr. Douglas

Cybersecurity Division Director, DHS/S&T/HSARPA

Dr. Douglas Maughan is the Division Director of the Cyber Security Division within the Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  Dr. Maughan has been responsible for helping bring to market over 40 commercial and open-source products during the past 13 years while at DHS and is the Senior Executive responsible for the DHS Silicon Valley Innovation Program.

Prior to DHS, Dr. Maughan was a Program Manager at DARPA and also worked for the National Security Agency.

Dr. Maughan received degrees from Utah State University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.


Director, Security Technology and Response, Symantec

Over the past decade Liam’s team of threat analysts have investigated and responded to the most sophisticated cyber-attacks to ever emerge. These range from professional cyber-criminals targeting financial institutions, to government backed threats targeting critical infrastructure. His investigation of Stuxnet, which targeted Uranium enrichment centrifuges, exposed the first known use of code as a weapon. Many of his team’s investigations since then involve attacks on critical infrastructure and government institutions. His work has been documented in the book “Countdown to Zero Day” by Wired’s Kim Zetter and in the documentary “Zero Days” by Academy Award winning director Alex Gibney.


Technical Director - ICS & SCADA programs, SANS

Tim serves as the Technical Director - ICS and SCADA programs at SANS, and is responsible for developing, reviewing, and implementing technical components of the SANS ICS and SCADA product offerings. A recognized leader in CIP operations, he formerly served as the Director of CIP Compliance and Operations Technology at Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO), and was responsible for Operations Technology, NERC CIP Compliance, and the NERC training environments for the operations departments within NIPSCO Electric. Recognizing the need for NERC CIP training in these industries, Tim authored ICS’s newest course ICS456 – Essentials for NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection and is also the course instructor. Previously, an EMS Computer Systems Engineer at NIPSCO for eight years, with responsibility over the control system servers and the supporting network infrastructure. Tim served as the former Chair of the RFC CIPC, Chair of the NERC CIP Interpretation Drafting Team, Chair of the NERC CIPC GridEx Working Group, and Chair of the NBISE Smart Grid Cyber Security panel.


Federal Chief Technologist, Intel Corp.

Steve Orrin is Chief Technologist for Intel’s Federal Division. He is the creator of Trusted Compute Pools Secure Cloud Architecture and co-author of NIST’s IR-7904 “Trusted Geo-Location in the Cloud”. Steve was previously CSO for Sarvega, CTO of Sanctum, CTO and co-founder of LockStar, and CTO at SynData Technologies. Steve is a recognized expert and frequent lecturer on enterprise security and was named one of InfoWorld's Top 25 CTO's of 2004 and, in 2016, received Executive Mosaic’s Top CTO Executives Award. He is a fellow at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies and a Guest Researcher at the NIST’s NCCoE.

M. Lee

CEO and founder, Dragos, Inc.

Robert M. Lee is the CEO and founder of the industrial cybersecurity firm Dragos, Inc. He gained his start in the U.S. Air Force as a Cyberspace Warfare Operations Officer working for the U.S. Intelligence Community where he established a first-of-its-kind industrial control system cyber threat intelligence and intrusion analysis mission. He is also a non-resident cybersecurity fellow at the DC based think tank New America and was recognized as one of Forbes’ 30 under 30 in Enterprise Technology.


Professional Hacker and Chief of Security Strategy, SentinelOne

Jeremiah Grossman, Chief of Security Strategy (SentinelOne), Professional Hacker, Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Founder of WhiteHat Security,

Jeremiah Grossman's career spans nearly 20 years and has lived a literal lifetime in computer security to become one of the industry's biggest names. He has received a number of industry awards, been publicly thanked by Microsoft, Mozilla, Google, Face-book, and many others for his security research. Jeremiah has written hundreds of arti-cles and white papers. As an industry veteran, he has been featured in hundreds of media outlets around the world. Jeremiah has been a guest speaker on six continents at hundreds of events including and many top universities. All of this was after Jeremi-ah served as an information security officer at Yahoo!


Chief Executive Officer, FireEye

Kevin has been FireEye CEO since June 2016 and a member of the FireEye Board of Directors since February 2016.  He previously served as FireEye President, from February 2015 until his appointment as CEO.  Kevin joined the company as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in December 2013, when FireEye acquired Mandiant, the company he founded in 2004.

As CEO of Mandiant, Kevin grew the company to nearly 500 employees and more than $100 million in revenue.  Widely recognized as the leading provider of security incident management products and services prior to the acquisition, Mandiant remains the core of the highly successful FireEye consulting business.

Kevin has spent more than 20 years in information security and has been on the front lines helping organizations respond to computer security breaches. Before Mandiant, he was the Director of Computer Forensics at Foundstone (acquired by McAfee Corporation) from 2000 to 2003, and he was the Director of Information Security for Sytex (later acquired by Lockheed Martin) from 1998 to 2000. Kevin was also a United States Air Force Officer, serving as a computer security officer in the 7th Communications Group at the Pentagon, and a special agent in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI). He holds a B.S. in computer science from Lafayette College and a M.S. in forensic science from The George Washington University.


Friday, March 3

6:30pm - 9:30pm
Dinner and fireside chat between Dr. Robert M. Gates and Mr. Thomas Siebel.
National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum

Saturday, March 4

8:30am - 4:00pm
Panel discussions
National Academy of Sciences Building
12:00pm - 1:00pm
United States Institute of Peace
7:00pm - 11:00pm
Reception, dinner, and entertainment

Sunday, March 5

8:00am - 12:00pm
Breakfast, followed by breakout sessions, lunch, and recommendation presentations
Capital Hilton


National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum

8th & F Streets NW,
Washington, DC 20001
venue website

The National Portrait Gallery was authorized and founded by Congress in 1962 with the mission to acquire and display portraits of "men and women who have made significant contributions to the history, development, and culture of the people of the United States." Today, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery continues to narrate the multi-faceted and ever-changing story of America through the individuals who have shaped its culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts, and new media, the Portrait Gallery presents poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives form our national identity.

National Academy of Sciences Building

2101 Constitution Ave. NW,
Washington, DC 20418
venue website

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is a private, non-profit society of distinguished scholars. Established by an Act of Congress, signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, the NAS is charged with providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology. Scientists are elected by their peers to membership in the NAS for outstanding contributions to research. The NAS is committed to furthering science in America, and its members are active contributors to the international scientific community. Nearly 500 members of the NAS have won Nobel Prizes, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, founded in 1914, is today one of the premier international journals publishing the results of original research.

United States Institute of Peace

2301 Constitution Ave. NW,
Washington, DC 20037
venue website

The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan institution established and funded by Congress to increase the nation's capacity to manage international conflict without violence. With floor-to-ceiling windows and an iconic domed roof, attendees will experience panoramic views of the National Mall and beyond at one of Washington’s newest venues.


555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW,
Washington, DC 20001
venue website

The Newseum, headquartered in Washington, D.C., promotes, explains and defends free expression and the five freedoms of the First Amendment: religion, speech, press, assembly and petition. Since opening in 2008, more than six million have visited its modern building located on historic Pennsylvania Avenue between the United States Capitol and the White House. The Newseum’s seven levels of interactive exhibits include 15 galleries and 15 theaters. Among the most memorable exhibits are the 9/11 Gallery sponsored by Comcast featuring the broadcast antennae from the top of the World Trade Center, the Berlin Wall Gallery whose eight concrete sections are one of the largest pieces of the original wall outside Germany, and the Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery which features photographs from every Pulitzer Prize-winning entry dating back to 1942.

Capital Hilton

1001 16th Street NW,
Washington, DC 20036
venue website

Combining style, historical character, and an enviable location, Capital Hilton is the place to stay when visiting Washington, D.C. Located just blocks from the capital’s best attractions including The White House, the National Mall and a multitude of museums. With comfortable rooms and suites, a great restaurant, a health club and day spa the hotel offers all you need for an unforgettable trip to DC.


For more information please contact or call +1 (650) 299-5216

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