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Lights On, Threats Off - Navigating Cybersecurity in the Power Industry

[Episode 16 - NAES Corporation]

Cyber attackers know exactly what essential services can cripple us. Recent attacks on critical infrastructure have forced the power industry to take a step back and precariously assess its OT and IT controls. As the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards continue evolving to address today’s threats the heavy question remains: Is it enough?

Join host Ian Bramson, Global Head of Industrial Cybersecurity, Dr. Dennis Hackney, Head of Cybersecurity Services Development and Michiko Sell, NERC CIP Services Supervisor at NAES Corporation, to explore how the regulatory environment is changing industry-wide and what role industrial cybersecurity plays in providing an essential layer of protection when implementing NERC CIP compliance services.

Podcast Guest

Michiko Sell is a highly accomplished NERC professional in the power industry. Her diverse work experience includes: NERC/WECC standards compliance management, auditing, accounting, financial analysis, budget and financial forecasting, strategic planning, power marketing, new power resource analysis, contract management and negotiations. Ms. Sell led the CIPv5 transition effort for her prior employer and her experience traverses both the Cyber Security and Operations and Planning Standards. Her hands-on experience includes, Reliability Policy and Compliance Management, Reliability Compliance Auditing, Program/Procedure Writing, Compliance GAP Analysis and Compliance Risk Assessments.

NAES is an independent services company dedicated to optimizing the performance of energy facilities across the power generation, oil & gas and petrochemical industries. NAES applies its deep experience in operations, maintenance, construction, engineering and technical support to build, operate and maintain plants that run safely, reliably and cost-effectively. NAES is a wholly owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Corporation. With operations in over 80 countries covering a broad range of industries, ITOCHU ranks among the world’s largest corporations.


About ABS Group

ABS Group ( provides data-driven risk and reliability solutions, including industrial cybersecurity services, to help clients reduce risk and confirm the safety, integrity, quality and efficiency of their critical assets and operations. ABS Group has over 50 years of risk management and safety experience and was recently named one of America’s Best Consulting Firms of 2021 by Forbes. Headquartered in Spring, Texas, ABS Group operates with more than 1,000 professionals in over 20 countries serving the marine and offshore, oil, gas and chemical, government and industrial sectors. ABS Group is a subsidiary of ABS, one of the world's leading marine and offshore classification societies.

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Produced by Brittney Warrick and Daniel Fischer, Digital Communications at ABS Group

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