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Daniel Burch talks PNT protection for critical energy networks at UTC

Session will discuss innovation and strategies for fortifying substation clocks and private LTE/5G networks against GPS/GNSS cyberattacks

  • Speakers: Daniel Burch, positioning, navigation and timing expert, Oscilloquartz, Adtran; Dustin Williams, senior technical consultant, Burns & McDonnell
  • Topics: Challenges and solutions in making substation clocks and private LTE/5G networks resilient against cyberattacks 
  • When: Tuesday, June 6, 2023: 2 p.m EDT
  • Where: Room 302AB, Broward County Convention Center, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

With cyber threats reaching an unprecedented high, critical energy infrastructure is in peril. Particularly susceptible are positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) services, as they commonly depend on GPS/GNSS as a solitary source. Substation clocks, as well as private mobile cell sites, derive precise time information from satellite systems. However, GNSS signals can fall prey to jamming, spoofing attacks, atmospheric disturbances and solar weather. Assured PNT services offer multiple backup options for robust and accurate timing. In several countries, operators of critical infrastructure are compelled to adopt such technologies by governmental regulations or executive orders.

In this presentation, Daniel Burch and Dustin Williams will discuss the challenges posed by satellite-delivered PNT services, introduce alternative timing technologies, and outline best practices for establishing secure, future-proof and assured timing services. These innovations are not only necessary for the present, but they also meet the rigorous requirements of emerging private LTE/5G networks. Learn more about the urgent threats to critical energy infrastructure and the solutions being adopted to mitigate these risks.