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MRO’s Steen Fjalstad Earns Top Security Honor

Saint Paul, Minn. The Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC) recognized MRO’s Director of Security Steen Fjalstad today as one of the recipients of the Electricity Security Service Award in honor of the late Michael J. Assante. This prominent award recognizes individuals or teams that have made significant contributions to support the security of the North American electricity industry.

Fjalstad was selected because of his commitment to industry and to ensuring electricity security through innovation, community-wide collaboration, information sharing and analysis, and education and training.

“Steen was an integral part of forming MRO’s Security Advisory Council (SAC) and weekly Threat Forum and leads these groups today,” said MRO Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Richard Burt. “The purpose of both groups—made up of industry security experts—is to raise awareness of security threats and vulnerabilities to the bulk power system within MRO’s regional footprint and across North America. I am confident these organizational groups would not be as successful as they are today without Steen’s leadership,” Burt added.

Fjalstad was one of three recipients provided the award at the E-ISAC’s annual Grid Security Conference (GridSecCon) held in Quebec, Canada this year. Notably, he is the first individual from the ERO Enterprise to receive this prestigious honor. MRO is cohosting GridSecCon with the E-ISAC in 2024. Stay tuned for more information on this important event.


Midwest Reliability Organization (MRO) is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the reliability and security of the bulk power system in the central region of North America, including parts of both the United States and Canada. MRO is one of six regional entities in North America operating under authority from regulators in the United States through a delegation agreement with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and in Canada under similar arrangements. The primary focus of MRO is developing and ensuring compliance with reliability standards and assessing the grid’s ability to meet the demands for electricity.