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Smart Grid Seminar: Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities and Defenses for EV Charging Systems

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This talk will cover cybersecurity vulnerabilities discovered in private and public electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) systems and technologies that can reduce the risk of cyberattacks on these systems. Cybersecurity researchers have recently identified several vulnerabilities that exist in EVSE devices, communications to electric vehicles (EVs), and upstream services, such as EVSE vendor cloud services, third party systems, and grid operators. The potential impact of attacks on these systems stretches from localized, relatively minor effects to long-term national disruptions. Fortunately, there is a strong and expanding collection of cybersecurity best practices and defensive technologies that may be deployed to secure EVSE environments. Several security hardening examples will be provided, with a focus on recent research into intrusion detection systems and security orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR) technologies for EVSE cloud management systems.


Speaker Bio

Jay Johnson is the Chief Technology Officer at DER Security Corp, a startup company focused on Distributed Energy Resource (DER) communications, power operations, and security. Jay's team is building cybersecurity protection, detection, and response technologies for EV chargers, renewable energy installations, and energy storage systems. Previously, Jay was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories where he led research projects totaling $25M in the areas of power system control, optimization, and security. Jay received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 2006 and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2009.

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