Smart Meter Cyber Security Conference pitches for robust regulatory framework

New Delhi, Dec 26 (FN Representative) The Smart Meter Cyber Security Conference concluded here on Monday with an agreement to have a clear-cut policy and a robust regulatory framework for cyber security. The Conference jointly organised IntelliSmart Infrastructure Private Limited (IntelliSmart) and India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF), attracted the highest level of engagement with participation from the government, regulators, utilities, researchers, manufacturers, developers, and academia, a statement said here. The inaugural session was attended by Rahul Dwivedi, Executive Director, Rural Electrification Corporation, Arun Kumar Mishra, Executive Director, Power Grid Corporation, Ghanshyam Prasad, Chairman, Central Electricity Authority of India, Anil Rawal, MD & CEO, IntelliSmart and Reji Kumar Pillai, President, India Smart Grid Forum. The speakers highlighted the need for translating security measures to take them to the level of consumers, mandating certification training followed by regular upgradation in tandem with evolving security systems; drafting focussed guidelines, procedures and rallying continuous discussions for wider participation and cognizance.

“Security of the power system is of paramount importance to the country and there should be appropriate framework and systems to protect the power grid from cyber-attacks,” said Pillai. “The 250 million smart meters and millions of electric vehicles that are being rolled out on fast track could significantly increase the points of cyber intrusion and hence the vulnerability of the power system,” Pillai added. Anil Rawal, Managing Director & CEO, IntelliSmart, said, “The smart metering program under RDSS will bring a socio-economic change and empower the consumers. The biggest risk for the program is cyber security as AMI, once operational at scale, will generate huge amount of data which have to be secured.” “The Smart Meter Cyber Security Conference 2022 gives the industry a platform to deliberate on the issue and prepare it for the next level of cyber security readiness with focus on the right policy proposition and on-ground implementation guidelines,” the MD said.

In addition, a panel titled – Regulatory Compliances: Cyber Security Readiness in The Wake of RDSS Program brought valuable thoughts from different fields, the statement said. Participants included the Chair of the session Vishal Kapoor, CEO, EESL, Atul Bali, Director (NPMU), National Smart Grid Mission, Shalu Agrawal, Sr Programme Lead – Power Sector, CEEW, Sunandan Banerjee, Principal Consultant, SonicWall, and Manish Tembhurkar, Associate Partner, KPMG. The other session on Cyber Security Threat Modelling for Digital Architecture of Smart Meters was Chaired by MAKP Singh, Member, Central Electricity Authority of India and other speakers included Anand Budholia, President IT and Group CIO – BSES, Gautam Kumar, CTO, IntelliSmart, YosiShneck, Founder and CEO, YSICONS and Senior Consultant and Founder of the Cyber Entrepreneurship Unit at Israel Electricity Corporation, Shivakumar V, Joint Director, Central Power Research Institute and Kishor Narang, Founder, Narnix.

The last session – Use Cases and Best Practices for Secure Smart Metering was chaired by PK Singh, DDG – Security Assurance, Department of Telecommunications and joined by Richard Schomberg, IEC Ambassador for Smart Energy, S Samanta, Chief D&IT, Tata Power, Venkat Ramakrishnan, Head Cyber Security, L&T Smart World and Manish Budhia, Head-Engineering, CyanConnode. IntelliSmart Infrastructure Private Limited is a joint venture of National Investment Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) and Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), established with the defined goal of enabling digitalization-based transformation in the Indian grid. The company intends to operate like a global solutions provider to deploy smart meters for the utilities that will drive efficiencies for DISCOMs, improve revenue management, increase billing performance and enhance consumer satisfaction.