Mississippi Power earns EPRI award for cybersecurity work

Mississippi Power earns EPRI award for cybersecurity work

(L-R) Mississippi Power Protection & Control Manager Joe Stewart, P&C Test Engineer Chad Lee, P&C Field Service Supervisor Donnie Newman and Engineer Aaron Ng are among those working on the award-winning Integrated Security Operations Center.

Mississippi Power is being recognized by the Electric Power Research Institute for its work in integrating the monitoring of substation cyber systems into an Integrated Security Operations Center.

The company earned EPRI’s 2017 Power Delivery and Utilization Technology Transfer Award and will receive the honor formally on Feb. 5 at the group’s advisory meetings in Coronado, Calif.

“I am proud of the team for looking for ways to be inventive and creative, and always searching to identify opportunities to modernize and improve our business,” said Vice President of Customer Services Organization Nicole Faulk.

This award-winning effort grew out of the Department of Energy’s Smart Grid Investment Grant program, which encouraged the modernization of the nation’s transmission and distribution systems to safeguard against emerging cyber threats. The company’s project developed new methods to identify people who would attack our system and how to protect it from the threats.

“In partnership with Southern Company, we identified the need to improve the cyber posture for substations and bring non-traditional data into the security operations center,” said Protection and Control Manager Joe Stewart.

Mississippi Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), produces safe, reliable and environmentally responsible energy for nearly 187,000 customers in 23 southeast Mississippi counties. Mississippi Power ranked first in the Southeastern Electric Exchange’s 2016 Safety Performance Reports and is consistently recognized as an industry leader in reliability, customer service and safety. Visit our websites at www.mississippipower.com and www.mississippipowernews.com, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube.