Issue 2: Strengthening your organisation's security mindset

by Smart Grid Forums on March 2, 2021

Cyberweekly No.2

Welcome to CyberAware Weekly, your weekly reminder that in the emerging world of the hyperconnected grid constructive paranoia is a good thing! This week we tackle the issue of establishing a ‘Security Mindset’ across the organisation and uncover effective ways to strengthen this mindset for power grid technical workforces.

As one utility cybersecurity leader I spoke with this week stated: “if we can get the substation design teams to work with a security mindset, we will create more cyber-resilient designs from the outset, minimise duplication of work between the two teams, reduce associated costs and speed up the roll-out of digital substations.”

Whilst the tangible business benefit are clear, we know that engineering teams are trained to think about how things can be made to work, while the security mindset involves thinking about how things can be made to fail. And therein lies the challenge!

This week we test the security mindset of power grid technical workforces through a short anonymous survey, the results of which will be shared with you in next week’s issue. To participate please click here!

In the meantime, please enjoy this week’s selection of news, views and resources below, and feel free to share this newsletter with colleagues in other departments, and peers in other organisations.

Kind Regards,


Mandana White
CEO | Smart Grid Forums


News, Views & Resources

CPNI REPORT: Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure. Embedding security behaviours using the 5Es

Employee security behaviour is central to protecting Critical National Infrastructure from terrorism, espionage and other threats. The development of an appropriate security culture within UK organisations, where the right security behaviours are adopted by the workforce as a matter of course, is an essential component to any protective security regime. It is also something that can be achieved at a relatively low cost in comparison to some physical and technical measures.

To read the report click here!

MARKET REPORT: PWC. Global Digital Trust Insights Survey 2021

Armed with the insight and foresight that only experience and wisdom can provide, cyber stands at a critical, pivotal and exciting time for the industry and the organizations and people it serves. PWC’s findings from their Global Digital Trust Insights 2021 survey of 3,249 business and technology executives around the world tells us what’s changing and what’s next in cybersecurity.

To read the report click here!

MARKET REPORT: Accenture. Emerging stronger with adaptive security for a stronger more flexible future.

As the health and humanitarian impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic evolve, so do the business and economic challenges. Organizations looking to balance their immediate needs with longer-term opportunities will see the trade-offs play out across three waves of impact: the Now, the Next and the New Normal. Malicious threat actors are taking advantage as organizations reconfigure their vulnerable supply chains, offer more digital experiences, and meet the growing demands of a remote workforce.

To read the report click here!


Many IT pros don’t know where to start when it comes to creating a security awareness programme that will work for their organisation. KnowBe4 has taken away all the guesswork with their Automated Security Awareness Program (ASAP). ASAP is a revolutionary new tool that allows you to create a customised Security Awareness Program for your organisation that will show you all the steps needed to create a fully mature training program in just a few minutes!

To build your free programme click here!

HACKER DEMO VIDEO: How hackers easily gain access to sensitive information

Cybersecurity expert Kevin Mitnick demonstrates how today’s “crackers”, “gearheads” and “cyberpunks” illegally access sensitive information from everyday people using modified gear and social engineering.

To view the video click here!


CyberAware Webinar Series

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Watch this space for more detailed programme and registration information for this
complimentary webinar series from: Monday 1st March 2021


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