Beyond Passwords and Firewalls: Cybersecurity Tactics for Today’s Co-op

NRECA’s RC3 program provided advanced cyber training during the past year to more than 40 co-op staff using courses from the SANS system – the largest source for information security training and security certification in the world.

Hear from a some of your colleagues who participated in SANS trainings – what they learned, how they applied it to improve cybersecurity at their co-ops, and how cyber certification advanced their careers. You’ll get tips to benefit your co-op’s cyber protection from your colleagues who took the trainings, and a full list of RC3 resources to consider for your own co-op’s training and cyber protection practices.

The panel will compare cybersecurity training needs, costs and benefits for all sizes of co-op systems – information your GM and Board should know to budget for cyber protections.


  • Taylor Cox – Network Security Administrator – Consumers Power, Inc.
  • Gary Highley – COO – McKenzie Electric Cooperative, Inc
  • Shaun Barnes – IT Specialist – Ravalli Electric Co-op
  • Lauren Khair – Senior Analyst, Economics & Industry – NRECA