Along Those Lines: Understanding Essence, a Co-op-Created Cyber-Defense System

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Cybersecurity has been an ongoing priority for electric cooperatives for decades. But in recent years, as electric utilities have deployed new connected technologies to monitor and maintain the grid, the need for strong cybersecurity on the operations technology side has grown exponentially.

This episode is sponsored by IPKeys.

To help co-ops with a solution that’s customized to their specific needs, NRECA worked with co-ops and other partners to develop Essence, a tool that began as an innovative way to quickly identify anomalies on downline systems and has evolved to become a robust method for detection, visualization and reporting of potential cyberattacks. In this episode, we’re joined by Emma Stewart, NRECA’s chief scientist, to learn more about this unique tool.

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