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Wednesday, October 12

8:00 am – 12:00 pm Training (8 PE Credits)

Threat Hunting and Basic Forensics Redbird E

Joe Schumacher and Joe Marshall, Cisco Talos Incident
Response (CTIR)

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Incident Response Training for Cyber Events

Travis King, Meridian

8:00 am – 5:00 pm Training (8 PE Credits)

Sponsored by Darktrace

Join us for a social event at BloNo Pizza Co., located at 1304 Cross Creek Dr., Normal. BloNo features patio and garage bays that open to a top golf style range. A buffet bar of pizzas will be served.

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Evening Event

EV Integration Utilizing Distribution Systems Best Practices and Modelling Redbird G

Sean Middleton & Dennis Wright, Finley Engineering Company

Greg Shirek, Milsoft

Travis Jones, Southeastern Illinois Electric Cooperative

 Thursday, October 13

8:00 am – 8:30 am Registration & Continental Breakfast Prefunction Area

8:30 am – 10:00 am Welcome & Keynote Redbird D


Keynote – SMART Things (1 PE Credit)

Matthew Luallen, Information Trust Institute, University of Illinois 

10:00 am – 10:30 am Exhibitor Show Opens Redbird ABC

10:30 am – 11:40 am Breakout Sessions

MicroGrids: Solar Panels, Batteries, Flywheels and Smart Grid Technology (1 PE Credit) Redbird E

Kate Cummings, G&W Electric

Leveraging Your AMI Network (1 PE Credit) Redbird G

Mitch Mossman, Sensus

11:45 am – 12:00 pm Exhibitor Show Redbird ABC

12:00 pm – 12:50 pm Lunch Keynote Redbird D

Anatomy of a Ransomware Attack

Joe Marshall, Cisco Talos

12:55 pm – 1:55 pm Breakout Sessions

Battery Storage (1 PE Credit) Redbird E

Taisha Bezzo & Steven Dickson, Lithion Tech 

Ever Changing Landscape of Renewables (1 PE Credit) Redbird G

Steve Pascoe, NISC

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Sponsor Breakout Sessions

Darktrace – Keeping the Lights On: How Electric Co-Ops are Increasing Cyber Resilience & Reducing Operational Risk Redbird D

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Sponsor Breakout Sessions

Designing an Underground Power Plant Redbird E

Connor Co.

Capabilities of an Elasticsearch Siem Redbird G


2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Sponsor Breakout Sessions

Bess & Der Interconnection Studies and the Potential for Contro Redbird G

Electric Power Engineers

3:00 pm – 3:10 pm Break

3:10 pm – 4:00 pm General Session (1 PE Credit)

Legal & Government Relations Update Redbird D

Nick Reitz & Craig Sondgeroth, Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Exhibitor Reception Redbird ABC


Friday, October 14

8:00 am – 8:50 am Breakout Sessions

Changes in Underwriting Cyber Insurance (1 PE Credit) Redbird E

Chris Perrine, Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations (1 PE Credit) Redbird G

Ian McGill & Matt Ayers, ChargePoint

8:55 am – 9:50 am Breakout Sessions

Hyperconverged Infastructure (1 PE Credit) Redbird E

Nick Matheson, Scale Computing

Cybersecurity for your OT Environment (1 PE Credit) Redbird G

Jeff Foley, Siemens

9:50 am – 10:00 am Break/Checkout

10:00 am – 10:50 am Breakout Sessions

IT Roundtable Redbird E

Thaddius Intravaia, Southwestern Illinois Electric Cooperative
Matt Ohmes, SouthEastern Electric Cooperative
Chris Franzen, MJM Electric Cooperative

NRECA’s Rural Energy Storage Deployment Program (1 PE Credit) Redbird G

Micheal Lietman, NRECA

10:50 am – 11:40 am Breakout Sessions

Cyber Made Easy: The Must Have Checklist for Utility Cybersecurity (1 PE Credit) Redbird E

Travis King, Meridian Cooperative

Utility Poles Can Be a Big Asset in the Fiber Broadband Era (1 PE Credit) Redbird G

Sean Middleton, Finley Engineering Company

11:40 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch & Keynote Redbird D

As The Threat Landscape Changes, What Role Does the FBI Play in Cyber Attacks?  (1 PE Credit)

Justin Harris, FBI-Springfield