ComSoc and Industrial Relation workshop: Cyber Security of the Digital Substation: Hands-on Training

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IEEE Toronto Industrial relationships, Communication Society chapter and University of Toronto - Electrical Engineering department are excited to invite all interested to a two-days hands-on workshop on:


Cyber Security of the Digital Substation: Hands-on Training

Facilitated by Steel McCreery, Integration Application Specialist II Communications, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories

Date: Sat.-Sun. Oct. 21-22, 2017.

Time: 4-hours (10:00-3:00pm) on Saturday, 6 hours on Sunday (9:00-4:00pm).

Location: University of Toronto, Bahen Centre for Information Technology, 40 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 2E4

Room: BA 7180

Cost: 10$+tax 

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REQUIREMENTS: Participants should bring their own laptop that has a 10/100 Base T Ethernet port and  have administrator rights for their computer to configure the Ethernet port IP address.

  Date and Time




  • Start time: 21 Oct 2017 10:00 PM
  • End time: 22 Oct 2017 04:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) Canada/Eastern
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  • 40 St George St.
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Canada M5S 2E4
  • Building: Bahen Centre for Information Technology
  • Room Number: BA 7180

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  • Starts 04 October 2017 12:00 AM
  • Ends 21 October 2017 08:00 AM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) Canada/Eastern
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Steel McCreery of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories


Cyber Security of the Digital Substation: Hands-on Training


Integration Application Specialist II Communications with Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories since May 2012 . McCreery provides communications and automation applications engineering support to sales, consultants, utility and industrial customers in addition to SEL’s internal Engineering Services team. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE SUMMARY • Professional with thirty three years of applications experience in the areas of data communication, automation and training. • Developed national and international training centres for GE Multilin, Siemens and Omron. • The Sales Applications Engineer for Data Communications, Automation and Networking products. • Extensive experience in the design and commissioning of control systems and communication networks for industrial and electrical power utility applications.

Steel McCreery of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories


Cyber Security of the Digital Substation: Hands-on Training



Workshop agenda:


Saturday Oct. 21 (10:00am-3:00pm): Ethernet Fundamentals 
This four hour session will focus on the practical aspects of implementing Ethernet-based LANs within the substation. 
Topics include: 
- OSI model 
- Ethernet media and topologies commonly used within substations 
- Ethernet hub operation and CSMA/CD 
- Switch learning and operation 
- SEL-2730M Managed 24-Port Ethernet Switch hardware overview and ordering options 
- Hands-on lab exercises using the SEL-2730M Switches include: 
- Login and account management 
- Configuration of QoS (VLANs and priority) 
- Configuration and testing of Rapid Spanning Tree protocol (RSTP) 
- Time permitting the class will have a brief overview of the routing process: ( IPv4 addressing , DHCP , DNS, ARP, routing process)

Sunday Oct. 22 (9:00am-4:00pm): Cyber security 

In this session, participants will: 

- Discover that sensible cybersecurity is not difficult. 
- Learn how to set up a virtual private network (VPN) to provide confidential communications and maintain data integrity. 
- Understand the importance of authentication. 
- Configure firewall rules to prevent malicious traffic from entering or exiting private networks to protect cyber assets. 
- Understand the role of syslog to report and collect device events. 
- Learn the methods to secure both Ethernet and wireless communications.