Annual Tech Conference Focuses on Assessment, Strategy

North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives hosted its 15th annual Technology Conference Aug. 16-18 in Myrtle Beach, SC. More than 100 representatives from co-ops in North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia attended, along with representatives from more than 60 vendor companies that were featured in the conference exhibit hall.

The conference’s theme Tech Assessment and Strategy for Co-ops gave attendees the opportunity to assess how their co-ops are postured to counter and respond to cyber security threats. Conference sessions included a keynote on new and innovative systemic cyber security architecture for critical infrastructure, a cyber security self-assessment roundtable, a panel discussion on data analytics and co-op reflections on hurricane-triggered outages that made them realize exactly what technology components they could not live without.

“Technology challenges usually have multiple approaches and complex trade-offs. The planning committee worked to create a conference where speakers, attendees and technology vendors can exchange ideas and practical solutions to pressing problems,” said Jason Stoddard, application development manager for North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives. “We feel the conference sessions really drill down into the theme, giving attendees the tools they need to take a holistic approach to cyber security.”