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'Race to Protect the Grid' Campaign Promotes Technology and Expertise to Protect Against Cybersecurity Attacks

CyberCon Power & Utilities Cybersecurity Conference, a solutions-based industry event addressing the growing concern over the frequency and sophistication of cyber-attacks and the exposure the U.S. power grid faces, recently announced that it has partnered with D3esports, an international virtual motorsports platform, to launch the ‘Race to Protect the Grid’ campaign.

CyberCon 2019 is racing toward our mission of providing the power and utility industry with the experts, strategies and solutions to stop future cybersecurity attacks,” said Barry Haest, founder of CyberCon and CEO of AlignExpo Conferences and Expositions. “It made logical sense for us to partner with D3esports and together convey the true essence of our conference theme ‘Power On.’ The synergy between us is undeniable. Just as CyberCon 2019 is enabling the power and utilities industry in their race to protect the grid, D3esports is accelerating ahead of the pack with their safe, virtual racing experiences.”

Continued Haest, “Technology has been a key differentiator in advancing the eSports gaming industry, and we believe technology and expertise are needed to solve the cybersecurity problem plaguing the electric power industry. The ‘Race to Protect the Grid’ campaign will provide CyberCon attendees and sponsors with an interactive experience that will demonstrate their commitment to protecting the U.S. power grid from additional cybersecurity attacks.”

Per the partnership agreement, CyberCon 2019 will host D3esports’ state-of-the-art high-tech simulators at the conference, allowing attendees to engage in the fun, exciting experience of virtual reality racing via a virtual competition. CyberCon sponsors can also get into the action of the ‘Race to Protect the Grid’ campaign and demonstrate their company’s drive to protect the grid by sponsoring one of the virtual racing simulators, which includes a custom branded race car in the virtual environment.

“Just like D3esports works to stay ahead of the competition, use the latest technological advances and protect our position on the track, CyberCon 2019 is pushing the energy industry to stay ahead of hackers and racing to protect the U.S. power grid,” said Simon Dawson, Chief Executive Officer and President of D3esports. “And while the topic of cybersecurity is very serious, we’re looking forward to bringing a little fun to the conference with our advanced racing simulators. This virtual reality experience will put CyberCon attendees in the driver’s seat of our ‘Race to Protect the Grid’ campaign.” 

To further demonstrate their commitment, CyberCon 2019 and D3esports are also in the process of creating a Race to Protect the Grid Workforce Development Scholarship. Targeting STEM-accredited high schools, the scholarship will assist funding efforts for the winning recipient’s admission to a STEM-accredited college. More information on the scholarship program will be announced in early October 2019. 

Developed by AlignExpo Conferences and Expositions, in partnership with the American Energy Society, and endorsed by the United States Energy Assocation, CyberCon 2019 targets executives, leaders and decision makers from the power and utilities and cybersecurity industries, including CEOs, CFOs, COOs, CSOs and CISOs, as well as national security advisors, U.S. policy makers and leaders who influence power and utility regulations at the federal, state and local levels. The final CyberCon 2019 agenda will feature 40 cybersecurity experts and power and utility leaders. Sponsorship packages and exhibit opportunities are available and online registration for CyberCon 2019 is open. The Super Early Bird registration offer expires Friday, September 20. Energy Central Members can save an extra $300 by using promo code ENGCEN19. 

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Matt Chester's picture
Matt Chester on Sep 19, 2019 2:25 pm GMT

Love the metaphor of racing to grid security-- it's certainly an issue beyond necessary to speed towards!

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Sherri Scott-Cook on Sep 19, 2019 4:30 pm GMT

Definitely, Matt! And yes, we should all be working together to win the race on grid security. Afterall, energy security problems are a national security issue. 

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Matt Chester on Sep 19, 2019 9:50 pm GMT

Collaboration is indeed great to see-- a rising tide and all

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