Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD) has been honored for its ongoing work to upgrade information technology systems and to advance cybersecurity protections within the energy industry. Three energy and technology organizations, based in the U.S. and South Africa, recognized the utility this fall for its achievements in these areas.
IT Executive of the Year
PUD Chief Information Officer Benjamin Beberness was named 2016 Energy Sector Security Executive of the Year by EnergySec, an organization that supports enhanced security for technology infrastructure. The PUD has been a national leader in cybersecurity, evidenced by its many collaborations in the public and private sectors, organization of three Cybersecurity Summits and cyber penetration exercises conducted with the Washington National Guard.
SAP Utility of the Year
The PUD also was named Utility of the Year by SAP, a multinational software corporation, for the utility’s ongoing “ONE” program, a multi-year software implementation that creates a foundation for the utility’s future business growth. The program greatly consolidates hundreds of software programs as part of a PUD continuous improvement effort.
Metering & Smart Energy International
South African Metering & Smart Energy International, a media and research organization serving the utility industry, honored the PUD as a Global Smart Energy Elite for both its work with cybersecurity and utility transformation through the ONE program. The PUD achievements will be featured in the organization’s fall magazine.
Snohomish County PUD, based north of Seattle, serves one of the fastest growing regions in the Pacific Northwest. It is the 12th largest public utility in the U.S. and the second largest in Washington state, serving more than 340,000 electric customer accounts.