Senior Security Researcher, Kaspersky Labs
Into The Dark - Switching Off Renewable Power From Everywhere
In the European Power Grid, there are several mechanisms and dependencies to stabilize the power grid. I will talk about how these work in general as a background to understand the effects of the vulnerabilities that I will show. The vulnerabilities in a solar power inverter in combination with other attack methods will bring a different view. Renewable and green energy is good for the environment if implemented in a secure way. But often, this is not the case.
Stephan Gerling is a Senior Security Researcher in the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS CERT) at Kaspersky since 2020. His areas of expertise include industrial cyber security, IoT security, maritime security, and physical security. He is also a regular keynote speaker at national and international technology trade fairs and IT security events.
Stephan Gerling gained his first experience in the field of IT and IT security as early as 1983 with the legendary C64. As an electrician, he quickly supplemented this with more in-depth knowledge of electronics, microprocessor technology, PLC, and robotics, as well as navigation electronics for aircraft. The following twenty years of his professional career led him through various positions and responsibilities – initially as administrator, then as network engineer – to security evangelist and finally forensic expert in the oil and gas industry.
In addition to his work at Kaspersky, Stephan Gerling is a member of AG-KRITIS, an independent association of 42 experts in the field of critical infrastructures, and has been active for over 35 years in the Lingen Volunteer Fire Department and the Technical Operations Command of the Emsland district."