The Supplier Diversity Development Council (SDDC) is a New Jersey-based organization chartered in 1997 that works to foster best practices and build relationships among the BPU, the major utilities and companies doing business in utility-related fields. The SDDC has members from various state agencies, as well as a number of vendors that supply products and services to government agencies across the state at local, county and state levels.
This past summer, the SDDC contacted CSI's Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Chris Rein, to see if he would be interested in participating as a Cyber-Security Current Issues panelist and as the keynote speaker at their mid-July conference and tour hosted by AT&T at the company’s Global Network Operations Center (GNOC) in Bedminster. Chris agreed and participated in a conference agenda that included the sharing of experiences, perspectives and best practices among various industry, educational and government organizations regarding the security of all things cyber. Chris was asked to address the group with a focus on the current trends, challenges, and implementation issues when putting together a robust cyber security strategy and approach within a company's policy and procedures. The conference concluded with an exciting tour and demonstration of network management and cyber-security at the GNOC.
Chris’s presentation was received very well and he was asked to participate as a panelist for two sessions at the SDDC’s annual conference, held in September at the Rutgers University Livingston Student Center in Piscataway. This conference attracts over 200 attendees, representing New Jersey’s largest utilities and business owners. "We're all very busy working on current customer deployments, new products we are developing, and seeking new business opportunities. However, it's so important to participate in events like the SDDC and AT&T hosted, as you gain new perspectives and learn about unbelievable world-class cyber threat detection, prevention, and prosecution capabilities. It was a wonderful day of give and take," says Rein of his participation. "The SDDC represents people from all industries who supply their goods to New Jersey utilities and some of our state agencies."