A Special Report
Scott Aaronson is Vice President, Security and Preparedness for EEI. Scott joined EEI in 2009 in the government relations department focusing on security and technology issues, and most recently served as executive director of security and business continuity. He leads the EEI teams focused on cyber and physical security, storm response and recovery, and associated regulatory policy. In addition to his role at EEI, Scott also serves as the Secretary for the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council.
We like to call Scott Aaronson the most important individual in America, only half in jest. Scott leads the teams at the Edison Electric Institute focused on cyber and physical security and storm response and recovery and is the EEI's point man in this current crisis. As the Secretary for the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council — the primary liaison between senior government and industry leaders — Scott's mighty busy these days constantly communicating with utility officers across the country, sharing ideas on the most effective practices and applying the "power by association." The PUF team talked with Scott for a half hour and then let him go to the critical tasks at hand.
PUF's Steve Mitnick: Normally you have in your responsibilities, cybersecurity, physical attacks, issues like that. Now you've layered on this other activity. Tell us what you're doing these days.
Scott Aaronson: So much of what we are doing right now is to help our membership with what we usually do with respect to any threat to the ability of the companies to keep the lights on and the gas flowing.
We support unity of effort that is across the sector and with our government partners as well as giving a unity of message, hoping to ensure that the story of electric companies and the important work that they provide as critical infrastructure of companies is able to continue.