Expert Panel Discussion: The Risks Facing US Energy Infrastructure


The recent shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline has demonstrated just how vulnerable critical US energy infrastructure is to cyber attacks, and how high the stakes are for all Americans.

This panel discussion will explore what happened with the Colonial Pipeline and will look at other recent crises (eg, Solar Winds, the Texas Electrical Meltdown) in order to understand what the root causes of failure are that will continue to put our nation at risk in the years ahead.


Don Shafer
Don Shafer developed Athens Group’s oil and gas practice and leads engineers in delivering software engineering services for exploration, production, and pipeline monitoring systems for clients. An IEEE senior member, he is a software engineering subject matter expert for the Cockrell School of Engineering.

Dr. Larry Dribin
Dr. Larry Dribin is a consultant and educator who assists organizations understand and adopt new technologies and new government regulations. His consulting company, Pearl Street Group, provides program and project management, process improvement and measurement consulting services to both business and information technology organizations. Dr. Dribin is also an adjunct instructor at DePaul University, Chicago’s College of Computers and Digital Media where he teaches a variety of courses in Cloud Computing and Software Engineering.

Susan Parente
Susan Parente is a Principal Consultant at S3 Technologies, LLC and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Virginia, Post University (CT), and Montclair State University (NJ). She is an author, mentor and teacher focused on risk management (including IT Security), traditional, and Agile project management. Her experience is augmented by her Masters in Engineering Management with a focus in Marketing of Technology from George Washington University, DC, along with a number of professional certifications. Ms. Parente has 20+ years’ experience leading software and business development projects in the private and public sectors, including a decade of experience implementing IT projects for the DoD.

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