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Stay Abreast of Regional Cyber and Physical Security Issues with MRO’s SACTF

Join the community! Electric Sector intelligence shared each Wednesday @ 0815 CT

The purpose of MRO’s Security Advisory Council Threat Forum (SACTF) is to enable information-sharing, coordination and collaboration on security related matters across MRO’s regional footprint.

Bulk power system registered entities of all functions and sizes, the Electricity-Information Sharing and Center (E-ISAC), MRO staff, and individual cyber/physical/operational security professionals share information and discuss a variety of cyber and physical security threats and vulnerabilities on weekly SACTF calls. The information is timely, relevant and helps to reduce cyber and physical security risks to the regional bulk power system. Participants are free to listen only, but active participation is encouraged.

The call occurs weekly and length is determined by topics of interest. Participant surveys reflect that attendees overwhelmingly agree the call is beneficial and valuable to the work they do. In the past three–six months, 90 percent of attendees have taken action based on information received during the call; 77 percent have contributed directly to the conversation; and, 98 percent have learned something new. The forum provides significant value for the time invested.

Open-source information from the weekly call is captured in an Open-Source Weekly Report and distributed to participants. Recent interesting topics captured in the open-source weekly report include:

  • Substation sabotage and damage
  • Threats targeting power generation facilities
  • Malicious use of ChatGPT

To register for the weekly SACTF call, please click here. Callers are vetted prior to admission; compliance function employees from the regulatory agencies are not permitted. View the SACTF Charter and SACTF Guidelines for more information.

Also request an E-ISAC Portal account to share threat/vulnerability information, access information to monitor/mitigate emerging and current threats to the grid and connect with peers. This will also give you access to incident bulletins, security briefings, reports, and white papers.

– Lee Felter, MRO Principal Security Engineer