Article Out Loud - Protecting Infrastructure - Cyber, Physical, and EMP Attacks

Full article by David Winks, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, February 21, 2024.

In this featured article, a cyber defense expert describes the complexities of protecting the power grid from cyber, physical, and electromagnetic pulse attacks. Like a giant spider web, the grid connects power companies and resources with the customers who rely on those services in their daily lives. Listen to an expert’s recommendations on preventing hostile actions against critical infrastructure, or at least reducing the consequences if an attack were to occur.

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David Winks

David Winks is the senior advisor for Advanced Technology. He currently serves on InfraGard’s National Disaster Resilience Council and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Resilient Power Working Group. He has been a subject matter expert in the U.S. Department of Defense’s Electromagnetic Defense Task Force and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) EMP Task Force. His publications include being one of the authors and editors of the book “Powering Through – Building Critical Infrastructure Resilience,” authoring the report “Protecting the U.S. Electric Grid Communications from EMP,” and contributing to the DHS Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) report “Resilient Power Best Practices for Critical Facilities and Sites.”Currently working on advanced data centers using immersion cooling for secure environments, David has developed cyber defense architectures utilizing binary hardening, software-defined perimeters, zero-trust access, artificial intelligence, automated orchestration, and restoral for information and operational technology networks. His work includes EMP-shielded natural gas turbines, fuel cells, Stirling engines, solar thermal systems, wind, geothermal, and hydropower generation. He is a co-inventor of a patented, rugged, ground-conformal solar thermal system. David has a degree in physics (cum laude) with additional coursework in electrical and mechanical engineering.



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