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SCADA Tech Summit

Nice work by Andrew Krekow in representing Second Sight in an expert panel discussion at the SCADA Tech Summit.  Second Sight, Freewave, and 4RF discussing a host of topics around deploying the most reliable and secure wireless SCADA networks.

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Key points from #UTCTnT 2017 in Charlotte, NC

SSS is excited to be at the UTC Telecom & Technology 2017 event in Charlotte, North Carolina. It’s a jam-packed program bringing together top utility thought leaders and the latest technology providers for a week of educational sessions, training, workshops and demos. A big focus has been on harnessing IT/OT synergies to build more secure networks. SSS is a leading provider of secure network solutions for utilities and champions IT/OT-driven innovation for a better, more resilient grid.

Key points from #UTCTnT

The biggest takeaways from #UTCTnT so far are:

1. IT/OT professionals must work together in order to build secure and reliable networks in the future.

2. It’s very important to physically test network designs before you deploy them. Modeling them is a start, but they need to be brought into the real world and scrutinized from both from a security and operations standpoint.

3. Celebrate failures – when things go wrong in the lab that is when learning occurs. If you have never had to use the fire extinguisher in your lab then you are doing it wrong.

If your utility needs a network solutions partner, SSS is ready to help. We understand the emerging nexus of IT and OT technology and the security practices required to realize the benefits of the IIoT. We looking forward to partnering with you!

Andrew Krekow
Second Sight Systems | RF Engineer
844-789-9111 |

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[FREE WHITE PAPER] Utility Cyber Security 2017!

No utility wants to make the news for a cyber breach, let alone pay the price of a ransom demanded by cyber gangsters. Yet every single day, utilities are on the brink – that is – just one nefarious hacking scheme, or one employee slip-up from falling victim. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Technology, regulation, and corporate gumption are perfectly aligned to safeguard against the most urgent cyber threats. To help you seize this opportunity, SSS has compiled its 2017 Cyber Security White Paper – defining the cyber threat and outlining the top best practices all in one convenient report. A multi-layered, team approach to cyber security, and a focus on worst-case scenario attacks is key to defending today’s grid. Take a look.


Get your cyber security report now!

Photo Credit: Ameren Corporation

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ALERT: NERC proposes CIP revisions to modify cyber security protections

This past March, NERC proposed new revisions to help close the gaps in the CIP-003 Reliability Standard. The additional measures will modify the cybersecurity protections for low-impact BES Cyber Systems, including:

  • Electronic access control permitting only necessary inbound and outbound access to low-impact BES Cyber Systems for certain communications, whether direct or indirect, using routable protocols.
  • Protection of transient electronic devices such as laptops and smartphones, to mitigate exposure of low-impact BES Cyber Systems to malicious code.
  • Documentation for cybersecurity policies for CIP Exceptional Circumstances for low-impact BES Cyber Systems, including cybersecurity emergencies, natural disasters, civil unrest, imminent or existing hardware, and software, or equipment failures.

FERC is likely to approve these additional standards. Utilities have expressed their support in lengthy stakeholder engagement. The goal of the revisions is to close the gaps in the CIP-003 Reliability Standard identified by FERC. An upcoming notice and comment process at FERC will provide another good opportunity for utilities to help guide the new standards, or pose any challenges.

To help you define the cyber security threat and review the numerous guidelines and recommendations, you can download SSS’s FREE White Paper – Utility Cyber Security 2017! Get it now!


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SSS joins #SAMEDOD for annual conference


Second Sight Systems is excited to be near our nations’ capital for the annual SAME (Society of American Military Engineers) conference. This networking conference provides forecasts and insights on the upcoming design, engineering, environmental and construction programs of the Dept of Defense and other Federal agencies. Cyber security is a major topic and specifically as it relates to industrial automation, wireless controls, and protecting SCADA systems for military facilities. This is right up our alley!

Also – great to hear from the top brass of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), a long standing satisfied customer of Second Sight Systems!


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Let’s connect at TechAdvantage!

Second Sight Systems is looking forward to seeing you at TechAdvantage 2017 in San Diego, this February 26 – March 1.

SSS at TechAdvantage 2017
We’re excited to share our story of helping electric cooperatives address their challenges associated with managing a more digital and distributed grid. Let us share with you how SSS provides co-ops the technology and field services partnership they require to help increase operational efficiency. SSS has delivered the following solutions to co-ops across the country:

Driving significant cost savings through outsourced field services: SSS provides technical field services for smart meter solutions including meter installation, maintenance and reading services.

Deploying wireless SCADA technology for remote monitoring of co-op field assets: As a General Electric certified partner for MDS Industrial Communications products, SSS has deployed and configured hundreds of GE’s next-generation Orbit cellular radios throughout co-op networks.

Utilizing SSS communication tower services for installing antennas and LTE cellular networks: SSS recently announced a partnership with a leading telecommunication OEM to help build out a next-generation LTE cellular network for AMI backhaul.

Whether you are an IT Manager, Engineer, or Operations Supervisor, we would love the opportunity to discuss how Second Sight Systems can partner with you to help build a more successful co-op.

Please contact me to schedule an introductory meeting during the conference.

Spencer Halbrook

Second Sight Systems


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Second Sight Systems at DistribuTECH 2017 in San Diego! Booth #845

If you’re reading this now, chances are you’re on your way to DistribuTECH 2017 in San Diego. DistribuTECH is the leading annual electric power transmission and distribution conference that addresses technologies used to move electricity from the power plant through the transmission and distribution systems to the meter and inside the home.

SSS: Booth #845 — GE MDS radio demos + charging station

Second Sight Systems is excited to connect with you at DTECH! Meet our expert engineers at booth #845 and get a demo of the latest in wireless SCADA radio technology featuring the GE MDS Orbit platform. Get a firsthand look at how SSS helps utilities control and protect their communications network with industry-leading products and engineering field services. Visit our booth and take advantage of our charging station and free WiFi – courtesy of a MDS Orbit cellular radio! – while learning more about Second Sight Systems.


Call us today to get your free, no-obligation demo of GE’s MDS Orbit Platform.

GE MDS Orbit platform

Our leading engineers are happy to answer any questions you have about the GE MDS Orbit platform. A next generation industrial wireless communications solution integrating a range of technologies from cellular to private, and unlicensed to licensed narrowband, the GE MDS Orbit platform supports utilities’ needs for secure private, public and hybrid communications networks. Today’s ever-changing landscape often forces utilities to work with a variety of technologies to reach their infrastructure assets and Second Sight Systems has the products and engineering expertise to help you optimize your SCADA network.

You can simply drop by our booth, or to schedule a meeting with our team, visit our contact page, and submit your name and info in the contact form.

SSS exhibiting at DTECH 2017

DTECH always brings the crowd and a great experience for all.

A Mega Conference

DTECH is the leading annual smart grid event and there’s no better place to network with utilities and smart grid providers, totaling more than 11,300 individuals from 78 countries. This year there are eight mega sessions providing critical insight into managing big data, embracing smart grid technology and advanced distribution management systems. Throughout, ideas will be exchanged and questions answered as more than 560 exhibitors offer their solutions and services. DTECH also features a Utility University starting Monday to give utility professionals in-depth learning about energy innovation.

Whether it’s at our booth, the breakout events, or mega sessions, we look forward to meeting you at DTECH!

SSS on Twitter @SecondSightSys #DTECH2017

Second Sight Systems is a leading provider of industrial communications and wireless data solutions for utility and industrial operations worldwide. With a record of successful projects in every state in the U.S., we deliver world-class solutions that provide years of reliable service. A full-service GE partner, we design and install applications for any size network. Our mission is to provide superior service in a field where quality and timely service are sometimes hard to find.

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How utilities can ensure cybersecurity under Trump

With President Donald J. Trump officially sworn into office, many fret over the impact his term might have on cyber security. Trump has said cyber defense is a persistent and top priority. However if past presidencies are any indication, Trump will be at the mercy of Congress, often reluctant to ensure strict cyber security laws. As a result, industry, particularly utilities, must pick up the slack to bolster critical systems, achieve truly resilient organizations, and keep the government informed.

Utilities will have to work closely with the Trump Administration to ensure cyber security remains a top priority.

Utilities will have to work closely with the Trump Administration to ensure cyber security remains a top priority.

On Jan. 5, National Intelligence Director James Clapper urged the private sector to “up it’s game on cyber security and not just wait for the government to provide perfect warning or a magic solution.” That will definitely be the case for utilities. While President Barack Obama made headway with his Executive Order Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, it’s not clear how Trump will build on these efforts, and how this will impact government mandates and guidelines for utilities.

Overcoming uncertainty

Now is the time for utilities to overcome uncertainty by sticking to hardline strategy. The recent news of a Vermont utility going on high alert for suspected Russian hacking speaks to the increasing need for high level reporting and response. To up its game and increase overall resilience against cyber threats, utilities will need to rely on solutions providers such as SSS to support mission-critical data communications, and utilize military-grade wireless radios from GE. With this kind of support, utilities will be able to deter threats more aggressively and respond to risks more effectively.

Obama’s key points

A few days before President Obama stepped down, the Presidential Commission issued recommendations for improving cybersecurity. One of its standout points demands that industry encourages Trump to build on the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, and harmonize regulations with the Cybersecurity Framework to simplify and enhance cybersecurity compliance. In addition, the Commission recommends that industry work to improve the security of IoT devices by creating voluntary standards that can later influence IoT laws, the Commission argues.

These efforts will help utility cybersecurity by providing continuity and regulatory direction. But what is best for utilities will have to come from the industry itself, as grid operators work closely with partners to implement new technology and replicate effective solutions.


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These trends will make-or-break utilities in 2017

2017 will be a busy and challenging year for utilities. Utility IoT will collide with regulatory deadlines and new cyber threats, forcing utilities to evolve at a blistering pace. Staying on top of these trends will help you prioritize, prepare, and plan in these challenging times. As SSS embarks on another year of partnering with utilities, here’s our pick of top trends that are sure to make-or-break utilities this year.

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