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Smart Grids and Cybersecurity

December 2, 2016

On December 2, 2016, Sasakawa USA in partnership with the James E. Auer U.S.-Japan Center brought together private and public sector experts from both the United States and Japan for an off-the record discussion of common challenges in cybersecurity and energy. The group addressed issues including cybersecurity threats, modernizing electric grids to integrate conventional and renewable sources of electricity, expanding use of energy storage and distributed generation, and responding seamlessly to disruptions. They explored potential U.S.-Japan cooperation in these areas and other opportunities to jointly address these common challenges through increased grid reliability, resiliency, sustainability, security, and flexibility.

Sasakawa USA plans to release a report based on the conference in 2017.


• Panel I – Grid Futures in the United States and Japan
• Panel II – Cybersecurity Challenges for Smart Grids
• Panel III – Securing the Smart Grid by Building Smart and Secure Tools
• Panel IV – Government and Public-Private Partnerships in Securing the Grid: Funding, Regulation, Information Sharing


Scott Aaronson, Executive Director of Security and Business Continuity, Edison Electric
Katsuyuki Abe, Information Systems and Telecommunications Department, Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan
James Auer, Auer US-Japan Center
Dennis Blair, Chairman and CEO, Sasakawa USA
Melissa Hathaway, President, Hathaway Global Strategies
Carol Hawk, Program Manager of Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems, Department of Energy
Fred Hintermister, Manager of Cross Sector Coordination, North American Energy Reliability Corporation
Hiroshi Ito, Deputy Director-General for Cybersecurity and Information Technology, Minister’s Secretariat, METI
Philip Jones, Commissioner, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
Hirobumi Kayama, METI, JETRO New York
Stuart McCafferty, Vice President of Solutions Development, Energy Solutions Division, Hitachi America, Ltd.
Bill Miao, Chief Executive Officer, Cyber Antigens
Noboru Nakatani, Executive Director, INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation
William “Bud” Roth, Non-Resident Fellow for Cyber, Sasakawa USA
Umit Sami, CEO, Gridoog
Michael Shinn, Chairman and CEO, Prometheus Global
Bryant Slater, Director of Corporate IT at Information Systems, Information Systems Laboratories
Branko Terzic, Managing Director, Berkeley Research Group
Juan Torres, Deputy to the Vice President for Energy and Climate Programs, Sandia National Laboratories
Mark Weatherford, Senior Vice President and Chief Cybersecurity Strategist, vArmour
Phyllis Yoshida, Fellow for Energy and Technology, Sasakawa USA




December 2, 2016
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