Tools for Assessment of Cybersecurity of Facility-Related Controls Systems  

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2 Hours
10:15 AM - 12:15 PM (EST)

Cleveland, OH

0.2 CEUs
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This workshop will provide an overview of control systems, identify potential cyber risks, review assessment processes, and introduce new tools to help ensure that these systems provide high performance and are cyber secure. In addition, it will also establish a baseline definition of systems and risks, then demonstrate the process needed to develop an assessment and a plan to protect key FRCS.


Paul Ehrlich, P.E., Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)   

Paul is a technical advisor for the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory with a focus on projects related to building energy efficiency, advanced controls, and building to grid integration. Prior to joining the lab he was the President of Building Intelligence Group LLC an independent consultancy, whose primary purpose was to support and promote the delivery of high performance buildings. Services included systems assessment, master planning, training, and design for intelligent and sustainable building systems with a focus is in the areas of integrated systems, facility operations and enterprise management. Paul has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas.

Throughout his career, Paul has been actively involved with industry groups focused on the creation of new automation standards and technologies. Previous roles include chairing the BACnet sub-committee on interoperability, and acting as the inaugural chair for the oBIX committee to establish XML standards for building controls. He also served as a member of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) advisory council and is currently a board advisor for the World Orphan Fund and a member of the National Visiting committed for the BEST center.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will:

  • Be able to develop a baseline definition of facility control systems architecture, technologies, and terminology;
  • Gain an understanding of the types and risks of cyber attacks;
  • Understand the processes available to assess a system for cyber risk;
  • Learn how to utilize tools to assess their FRCS security and;
  • Gain an understanding of how to plan and implement improvements to control systems for cyber resilience.
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