Nathan has a B.S. in electrical engineering, a B.S. in physics, an M.S. in engineering, and a Ph.D. in engineering cyberspace from Louisiana Tech University. He started his career with Entergy’s relay settings and configuration group. He then joined a small utility as an associate engineer, performing field maintenance of system protection and communication equipment. After seeing the grid’s growing reliance on cyber-based technologies, he pursued graduate degrees focusing on power system cybersecurity, where he also worked as a digital forensics examiner. Nathan currently is a staff engineer at Ampirical and a cofounder of the cybersecurity engineering firm Cybirical, where he is the director of cyber operations. He is also the creator of VulnTracker, the first and only mobile app for tracking power system vulnerabilities and standards. He is a member of InfraGard, IEEE Power & Energy Society (IEEE PES), IEEE Computer Society, and has given countless presentations, webinars, and workshops on securing the grid at different hacking and industry conferences/events.
With the exception of cybersecurity, every aspect of the power grid has technical standards used to help guide engineers on how to design, document, and commission power system assets. This talk introduces the audience to two new technical standards that will change this fact which are currently being developed by the IEEE-PES Technical Committee on […]