RiskSense CEO to Discuss How Utility Executives Can Protect Critical Infrastructure from AI-Based Cyber Attacks

Dr. Srinivas Mukkamala Will Join a Panel of Experts at University of Idaho Summit to Explain New Approaches and Best Practices for Cyber Risk Management in the Energy Sector

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--()--RiskSense®, Inc., the pioneer in intelligent threat and vulnerability management, today announced that its CEO, Srinivas Mukkamala, Ph.D. will discuss cyber risk challenges and present best practices in the energy sector as part of an expert panel for utility executives at the University of Idaho UEC Summit on Monday, June 25, 2018.



Dr. Srinivas Mukkamala, co-founder and CEO of RiskSense, is a recognized expert on artificial intelligence (AI) and neural networks. He was part of a think tank that collaborated with the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Intelligence Community on applying these concepts to cybersecurity problems. Dr. Mukkamala was also a lead researcher for CACTUS (Computational Analysis of Cyber Terrorism against the U.S.) and holds a patent on Intelligent Agents for Distributed Intrusion Detection System and Method of Practicing.
Moderator: Mike Mertz, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, PNM Resources
Other Panelists:
Chris Hickling, Director, Government Relations, Edison Electric Institute
Mark McGranaghan, Vice President, Integrated Grid, Electric Power Research Institute
Tom O’Brien, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, PJM Interconnection


With sophisticated nation-state attacks and widespread ransomware such as WannaCry exploiting critical infrastructure vulnerabilities, utility executives are struggling to assess and manage their cyber risk exposure. Adding to the challenge, the infrastructure itself is growing in complexity with interconnectedness from smart grids, smart devices, mobile and IoT devices. In this expert panel discussion, Srinivas will discuss how attackers are exploiting system vulnerabilities and maliciously using AI to launch cyber attacks at scale. He will use case study examples to explain how operators are shifting to a new data-driven strategy to prioritize vulnerability remediation efforts and anticipate threats before they can be used to launch attacks.


Monday, June 25, 2018, 3:45-4:45 pm PDT and
Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 11:00 am-Noon PDT


(June 25) Utility Executive Course, J.A. Albertson College of Business, Room 102, 875 Campus Drive, Moscow, Idaho
(June 26) UEC Summit, Coeur d’Alene Resort’s Hagadon Event Center, 900 S Floating Green Drive, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho


To schedule a conversation with Dr. Mukkamala, contact Marc Gendron at marc@mgpr.net or +1 781.237.0341. For more information about the UEC Summit, visit: https://www.uidaho.edu/cbe/executive-education/utility-executive-course/summit/schedule.


Case Study: El Paso Electric: http://bit.ly/2ybnKLS
Webinar on Advanced Cyber Security: Data-driven Defense http://bit.ly/2JyfzPb
RiskSense Platform Overview: http://bit.ly/2yIJ1YE

About the UEC Summit 2018
The UEC Summit is an executive forum designed specifically for utility leaders to provide up-to-the minute information on critical issues shaping the future. A select group of 34 C-suite panelists and key stakeholders representing 29 utility organizations will engage participants in dynamic discussion and debate about the transformational change taking place in today’s energy industry. The UEC Summit runs concurrently with the third week of the Utility Executive Course (UEC). The 65th annual UEC is June 11-28, 2018, on the University of Idaho campus in Moscow, Idaho. UEC participants will join the Summit cohort in Coeur d’Alene for the capstone presentations on Thursday, June 28, 2018. For more information, visit: https://www.uidaho.edu/cbe/executive-education/utility-executive-course/summit.

About RiskSense
RiskSense®, Inc. is the pioneer in intelligent threat and vulnerability management. The company provides enterprises and governments clear visibility into their entire attack surface, including attack susceptibility and validation, as well as quantification of risks based on operational data.

The RiskSense Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform unifies and contextualizes internal security intelligence, external threat data and business criticality to transform your cyber risk management into a more proactive, collaborative, and real-time discipline. It embodies hands-on expertise gained from defending critical government and commercial networks from the world’s most dangerous cyber adversaries.

By leveraging RiskSense threat and vulnerability management solutions, organizations can significantly shorten time-to-remediation, increase operational efficiency, strengthen their security programs, heighten response readiness, reduce costs, and ultimately reduce the attack surface and minimize cyber risks. For more information, please visit www.risksense.com or follow us on Twitter at @RiskSense.


Marc Gendron, +1 781-237-0341

Release Summary

Session will cover use of data-driven model to prioritize vulnerability remediation and anticipate threats before they can affect utilities.


Marc Gendron, +1 781-237-0341