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Hydropower and Dam Cybersecurity: Protection and Monitoring of Infrastructure Using Small Form-factor Data Diodes

Jul 17, 2024
Exhibit Floor Booth 128
KNOWLEDGE HUB Equipment and Technology

There are over 91,000 dams in the U.S., of which about 2,300 produce power, with an average age of 61 years old. Our reliance on hydropower is growing, but we are faced with infrastructure that is rapidly aging, necessitating a technological and Industrial Control System (ICS) modernization that relies on connectivity to increase efficiency and reliability, receive data in real-time for predictive maintenance, advanced modeling alert monitoring, etc. This modernization of hydropower infrastructure opens up new vulnerabilities for cyberattacks, ransomware, and malware, especially when legacy assets were not designed to be Internet of Things (IoT) devices. What can hydropower and dam operators do? In the face of such challenges, several incumbent approaches could be considered. The better option: next-generation small-form-factor data diodes, a generational enhancement of a technology used by nuclear power facilities, large refineries, and some larger dam/hydroelectric operators.

Chairperson
Roger Clarke-Johnson, Sales & Marketing Director - Mercury Governor Group
Speakers
Christian Hager, Vice President of Sales & Business Development - Fend Incorporated

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