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 AGA Staff Selected to Chair Oil & Natural Gas Sector Coordinating Council Cybersecurity Working Group   


Washington, D.C. – The Oil & Natural Gas Sector Coordinating Council (ONG SCC) today announced that Kimberly Denbow, Director of Engineering Services at the American Gas Association (AGA), will chair the ONG SCC Cybersecurity Working Group (CSWG). Denbow has been with AGA for more than 15 years, where she has served as staff executive for multiple AGA Operating Section technical committees, including the AGA Natural Gas Security Committee and the AGA Board-appointed Cybersecurity Strategy Task Force. She is the industry liaison to numerous government sponsored initiatives targeting natural gas utility physical and cyber operations. Denbow has a Bachelor of Science degree in marine biology from the University of Florida and a Master of Science degree in environmental engineering from the University of Michigan.

“The ongoing threat of cyber attacks, not just for gas utilities but for all critical infrastructure, is real,” said Dave McCurdy, president and CEO of AGA. “Natural gas utilities continue to employ prudent countermeasures to help protect natural gas systems as well as the safety and interests of their customers, and this industry working group plays a significant role in helping achieve those safeguards. Kimberly has been involved in AGA’s cybersecurity efforts for more than a decade—her depth of knowledge and understanding of the threats and issues that exist is deep, and I have no doubt she will do a great job helping lead this working group.”

The ONG SCC is an operators’ forum supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, to promote effective security strategies and activities, policy and communication across the oil and natural gas sector to achieve the nation’s homeland security mission. The ONG SCC represents the interests of oil and natural gas sector owners and operators with representatives from nearly two dozen industry trade organizations and serves as the principal body for coordinating with the Federal Government on a wide range of ONG security activities and issues. The ONG SCC provides a venue for operators to mutually plan, implement and execute sufficient and necessary sector-wide security programs, procedures and processes, exchange information, and assess accomplishments and progress toward protecting the sector’s critical infrastructure.

The CSWG serves as the subject matter expert body to the ONG SCC. Its efforts are designed to increase cybersecurity education and awareness for the sector; to promote engagement between operators and the Federal Government regarding the development of regulations, guidelines and programs that may impact sector cybersecurity activities/programs; and to align physical and cyber infrastructure initiatives. Further, the CSWG has plans to work closely with the Chemical Sector Coordinating Council and the Pipeline Modal Sector Coordinating Council, especially in addressing the charges directed in the recent Cybersecurity Executive Order and the Presidential Policy Directive 21.

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