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In response to growing concerns about the current electric grid's vulnerability to cyber attack, there’s a push on several fronts to develop better security solutions for the Smart Grid. Today, utilities typically link grid monitoring and control systems to open networks such as the Internet and critics charge they are not doing enough to reduce risks. Watch this section for insights on the future of cyber security – as well as solutions for safeguarding physical properties such as substations and transmission towers.

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Putin targets U.S. power grid for attack

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid security, cybersecurity, cyber attacks, electric utilities
A major hacking campaign has compromised computer systems at over 1,000 utilities in the U.S. and Europe, and some observers believe the attacks are Russian in origin. Read the story for details and to learn what one cybersecurity expert says utilities should be doing (and how much they should be spending) to thwart cyber attacks.

What NERC got wrong in its new security recommendations

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid security, physical security, NERC, policy and regulation, electric utilities
While generally getting a thumbs up from the electric power industry, NERC’s new physical security standards contain flaws, says Battelle’s Jason Black. Click to read his concerns and suggestions for improving the standards.

Recommendations for Implementing Comprehensive Bulk-Power System Security Standards

The purpose of this white paper is to provide recommendations for the implementation of FERC’s Order of March 7, 2014 to address physical security of the Bulk-Power System. These recommendations are designed to help ensure that the maximum system-wide benefits are obtained from the resulting enhanced physical security measures.

Grid security: Why it may be safer to switch our control centers to the cloud

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid security, control center security, cloud computing, smart grid research
A lot of utility professionals may scoff at the thought of moving control center functions to the cloud, but one group of researchers believes it could be a way to protect critical systems and keep the electric grid up and running. Take a look at our brief summary to find out why.

Now state regulators are considering how to enforce cybersecurity

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It’s time to add state regulators to the growing list of agencies that want to get involved in utility cybersecurity. The public utility commission for the District of Columbia has never done a detailed examination of the local utility’s cybersecurity defenses but says it will conduct one now – because the issue has become so urgent. Other states have similar plans.

The grid attack that could kill 9 out of 10 Americans (and North Korea is capable)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, electric grid threats, cybersecurity, grid physical security, electric utilities
Not that utilities need anything else to worry about with cyber and physical security issues as critical concerns among others. But… a Congressional hearing found something even more alarming: the catastrophic and deadly results of an electromagnetic pulse attack.

New infographic highlights the ultimate AMI security -- get a copy now

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How can utilities make sure they're asking the right questions when it comes to protecting smart grid and advanced metering infrastructure systems? A compelling new infographic from Elster Solutions will point you in the right direction. Find out how to get your free copy.

Physical security for substations: Get started with these inexpensive ideas

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid security, physical security, substation security, electric utilities
Physical protection for substations has become a hot topic following a number of attacks and the consequences for an entire electric grid if even one was taken out. Several solutions have been suggested, many of them good ones. Guest author Ashley Walter offers four more recommendations that won’t break the bank.

Two immediate steps to improve your smart grid cybersecurity (from an expert)

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Yes, there has been a swarm of warnings about major vulnerabilities in most smart grids. But this particular warning from guest author Julian Waits also includes two very straightforward steps utilities can take to address cybersecurity weaknesses… right now.

NERC wimps out, passes toothless grid security regulations

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid security, physical grid security, North American Electric Reliability Corporation, NERC, policy and regulation, standards
The North American Electric Reliability Corporation has released the draft of new grid security regulations it was ordered to provide. However, supporters of much stronger security safeguards say the new standards fall far short of the measures needed to adequately protect the grid from physical attacks.

Three cybersecurity resources you can put to work NOW

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid security, cybersecurity, NIST, Smart Grid Interoperability Panel, electric utilities
NIST’s Smart Grid Interoperability Panel offers several useful resources to help utilities respond to the increasing number of cyber threats they face. Among them are a cybersecurity users guide and a webinar coming up later this week. Read on to get the details.

How to improve resiliency: Adopt the Incident Command System

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid security, disaster preparation, incident control, Incident Command System, smart grid strategy, electric utilities
The federal government’s Incident Command System is an incident management approach for all hazards, including severe weather and terrorist attacks. While most utilities consider it important, only about 50% use it for each incident. Learning how to use the system now could prove well worth the effort in the future, even if there are challenges and it isn’t tailor-made for utilities.

More scary news about grid vulnerabilities (and how utilities are getting the blame)

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Amid all the news stories focused on grid vulnerabilities comes this gem: the owner of a small technology firm found that breaching the grid is easy, surprisingly easy. His warning? If he can do it, a country or someone with more resources certainly could.

Short on time? Take our quick tour of current smart grid market research

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid markets, smart grid market research, microgrids, customer engagement, cybersecurity
There’s a wealth of electricity industry and smart grid market research out there, frequently too much to follow. For a quick overview, take a look at a selection of some of the latest research, from trends in customer engagement and microgrids to combined heat and power and cybersecurity.

Why some insurers are dumping utilities. And how "the convergence of all things security" can help

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid security, grid vulnerabilities, electric utilities
Utilities already have enough challenges and problems to deal with, and now they have another one: some insurance companies refuse to insure them against cyberattacks. Three security experts from IBM share their insights on that development and what it will take to develop a truly secure grid.

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