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UtiliSec is a consultancy that provides cybersecurity expertise specializing in electric power delivery systems. We offer a unique combination of cybersecurity services specifically tailored for electric utilities, with industry-leading expertise for all aspects of electric utility operations from the NERC CIP Standards to policy and architecture, smart grid security, low-level analysis, and penetration testing. We focus on helping utilities, vendors, and government understand the impact of technical, architectural, and procedural decisions, enabling these critical stakeholders to take practical actions toward realizing a secure and resilient electric grid.
UtiliSec was established in 2009 by Darren Highfill as a consultancy focused on the cybersecurity and resiliency requirements of electric power delivery systems – and specifically, field deployed utility systems. Justin Searle joined as a Managing Partner in 2011, bringing a highly complimentary focus of penetration testing for smart grid systems and components. UtiliSec frequently partners with other leaders in electric power cybersecurity, and has a substantial pool of highly specialized, experienced, and proven resources available for project deployment.
Relay’s extensive experience in dealing with the unique security requirements and limitations with the best-of-breed SCADA vendors coupled with a deep knowledge of the NERC CIP standards has led to engagements with power and energy companies that span all roles within the utility sector. The utilities have included large power transmission, generation, and distribution companies, as well as involvement with nuclear generation facilitates, balancing authorities, and regional transmission organizations.