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Security & Emergency Preparedness: Opportunity to Participate in GridEx Exercise

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Thursday, March 7, 2019

Water sector utilities are invited to participate in GridEx V, an exercise to demonstrate how electric utilities would respond to cyber and physical attacks.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about how an event impacting the electric sector would affect your utility.  Here are the main points to consider, with more detailed information from WaterISAC copied below:

  • GridEx V is a distributed exercise, meaning participants will play from their normal work locations. It will be held from November 13-14, 2019.
  • The recording and presentation from a March 4 webcast WaterISAC convened about GridEx V is available on WaterISAC's portal HERE. (Note: Information about WaterISAC and how to become a member is HERE, or contact support@waterisac.org.)
  • You can register as your organization's lead planner by contacting gridex_registration@bah.com (lead planner registration ends on May 30, 2019).


Also, please let Johanna Bell with AIC know if your utility or city decides to participate.

 

Background Information from the The WaterISAC Team:

GridEx V: Opportunity for Water Utilities to Participate in Electric Grid Security Exercise

Is your utility interested in participating in an exercise involving physical and cyber threats and incidents to electric utilities, with cascading impacts to the water sector and other critical infrastructure sectors?

If so, consider registering for GridEx V, an exercise planned and conducted by the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC) and designed to provide electric utilities an opportunity to demonstrate how they would respond to and recover from cyber and physical attacks. Given the interdependencies between the electric and water sectors, incidents at electric utilities could also impact water utilities. Water utilities will have an opportunity to work with electric utilities to understand these impacts and coordinate their responses.

GridEx V is a distributed exercise, meaning participants will play from their normal work locations. It will be held from November 13-14, 2019. Participation in the exercise is open to all water and wastewater utilities; you do not need to be a member of either WaterISAC or E-ISAC to participate. However, water and wastewater utilities that wish to participate will have to be matched with an electric utility that is playing in the exercise. WaterISAC and E-ISAC can assist with facilitating these connections.

How do organizations register for GridEx V? Each organization that intends to participate in the exercise needs to designate one lead planner who would be responsible for liasing with GridEx staff and managing play at their organization during execution. You can register as your organization's lead planner by contacting gridex_registration@bah.com (lead planner registration ends on May 30, 2019).

Additionally, WaterISAC encourages any member of the water and wastewater sector playing in GridEx V to email analyst@waterisac.org. This is not required, but doing so will allow WaterISAC to coordinate with your organization prior to and during the exericse.

Want to know more about GridEx V? The recording and presentation from a webcast WaterISAC convened about GridEx V on March 4 is available on WaterISAC's portal here (accessible to WaterISAC members only - the presentation can be emailed to non-members upon request). Jake Schmitter, E-ISAC's lead planner for GridEx, provided an overview of the exercise and answered questions from the audience.

Questions? Please contact us at support@waterisac.org or 866-H2O-ISAC.

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