Emerging Threats + Risk Management

Utilities have always managed risks to maintain a successful business model. However, with the pace of change increasing, emerging risks pose a variety of both internal and external threats. This track will focus on how utilities measure the likelihood, impact, and velocity of emerging risks across business units.

Target Audience: Professionals responsible for Business Continuity; Risk Management; Risk Mitigation; Information Technology; Cybersecurity; Compliance; Finance; Contract Management; Data Security + Privacy; or Internal Auditing.

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All session times are listed in Pacific time.

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Virtual – Extreme Weather
Speakers: Deana Ng, Director, PMO, Southern California Gas Company
Sara McCoy, Director, Risk Management, Salt River Project
Over the past several years, Utility providers around the world have been faced with adversity due to acts of nature. Aging infrastructure, cyber threats, supply chain constraints, and emergency response management all bake into a recipe that if not prepared for will delay response and macerate recovery. Learn from industry examples of risk mitigation and maintaining business continuity while still providing a high level of customer service.  

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

10:15 AM – 11:30 AM
How Current Trends Are Shaping ERM Programs
Moderator: Arun Mani, Principal, KPMG Strategy, KPMG LLP
Panelist: Michael Fish, Senior Director, Cyber Security, Salt River Project
Amir Angha, Director – Enterprise Risk Management & Insurance, Portland General Electric
Kislay Sinha, Manager Risk Analysis & ERMAPS, Salt River Project
Gain insights into how current trends are impacting ERM programs, where your company sits on the maturity curve and hear directly from a number of your peer utilities on how they are moving the needle within their organizations.

1:00 PM – 2:15 PM
Workforce Management
Utility Risk Managers were aware of challenges with recruitment and retention of highly skilled employees before March of 2020, but the experience of the pandemic has shifted the already challenging sands underneath our feet. Increased demands for hybrid or entirely remote work settings are at odds with traditionally-minded leaders, and salary expectations are becoming delinked from regional cost contexts. This session will explore the new and changing challenges a Risk Manager needs to consider when evaluating and mitigating talent risks and will aim to present novel solutions.

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

8:30 AM – 9:45 AM
Risks of Ransomware in the Cyber Security Domain
Speakers: Christian Nolke, Director of Cyber Security, Portland General Electric
Eileen Figone, Director of IT Security, Puget Sound Energy
With the tide of ransomware continuing to rise, stakes have never been higher for Energy companies to secure their cyber security assets. Everywhere from vendor and contractor security to training FTE (full-time employees), Cyber Security should be foremost on everyone’s mind. Join us as our panel of industry experts discusses best practices, supply chain risks, and protecting our Grid from Ransomware and cybercriminals.