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South Asia

The Regional Training course on Cybersecurity for Transmission Utilities and System Operators was held in Mumbai from April 16th to 18th. Organized by USAID’s SAREP program, the training aimed to enhance the energy sector’s resilience against cyber threats.

The course targeted professionals in the operation of transmission utilities and system operations within the South Asian region. With 35 attendees from different countries, it provided a platform for knowledge exchange and the sharing of best practices in cybersecurity. Given the increasing use of digital technologies in power utilities, the training played a crucial role in safeguarding critical infrastructure.

Led by government, academic, and industry experts, the sessions covered a wide range of topics. These included the importance of cybersecurity in maintaining operational continuity, the specifics of Operational Technology (OT), and the latest advancements in addressing cybersecurity challenges. The training highlighted the significance of cyber hygiene and network segmentation in reducing risks.

Participants actively engaged with the material through hands-on practical sessions, demonstrating real-world vulnerabilities and responses to cyber threats. This approach ensured that the knowledge imparted was not only theoretical but also applicable in everyday operations. Some key takeaways from the training were:

  • The critical role of cybersecurity in transmission and system operations to ensure the delivery of essential services.
  • Renewed insights on cybersecurity, particularly in relation to Operational Technology (OT), standards, and implementation.
  • Enhanced awareness of the latest technological advancements to address cybersecurity challenges.
  • Facilitated knowledge exchange among regional participants regarding best practices and challenges in cybersecurity.
  • Demonstrated vulnerabilities and cyber-attacks in the power sector through practical sessions.
  • Emphasized the importance of network segmentation and cyber hygiene in mitigating risks.

The course concluded with an assessment that emphasized the importance of ongoing learning and regional cooperation in effectively managing cybersecurity threats. Overall, the event was a significant milestone in the collective effort to secure the South Asian energy sector against cyber threats. Participants left with enhanced skills and a comprehensive understanding of the cyber landscape.

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