REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Oct. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — AutoGrid has named its first chief information security officer, creating an officer-level post that reflects the importance of cybersecurity for AutoGrid and its customers, many of whom are the largest electricity providers in the world. Omprakesh “Om” Moolchandani joined the AutoGrid executive team on October 1 and will play an important role on the company’s leadership team, ensuring that AutoGrid continues to be at the forefront of making the future of energy secure.
“Our customers care deeply about the safety and security of their data,” said Dr. Amit Narayan, chief executive officer. “We take cybersecurity very seriously, and Om’s appointment and this new position intensify that focus.”
Cybersecurity ranks as the utility industry’s most pressing concern, with more than 80 percent of respondents in Utility Dive’s 2018 State of the Electric Utility Survey listing it as important or very important.
Moolchandani comes to AutoGrid from General Electric’s industrial internet of things unit, Predix, where he served as senior director for cybersecurity. Before GE, Om headed cybersecurity for cloud security company CipherCloud and for several Australian financial and industrial companies.
Moolchandani holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in computer applications from University of Technology of Madhya Pradesh, a certificate in business strategy from Harvard Business School, and a certificate in IoT business from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Om is a lifetime member of ISACA, the worldwide information systems association.
AutoGrid builds software applications that utilize artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data and IoT technologies to enable a smarter and cleaner distributed energy world. The company’s suite of flexibility management applications allows utilities, electricity retailers, renewable energy project developers and energy service providers to deliver clean, affordable and reliable energy by managing networked distributed energy resources (DERs) in real time and at scale. AutoGrid has more than 3,500 megawatts of flexible capacity from DERs under contract and its customer list includes National Grid, NextEra Energy, E.ON, Total, Xcel Energy, China Light and Power and over 30 other leading global energy companies around the world.
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