Are smart homes a security threat to electric power utilities?

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By: SGN Staff

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Quick Take: As we moved to the Internet of Things (IoT), millions of devices are being hooked up to the Internet. And each one creates another point of vulnerability, as economist Lynne Kiesling pointed out recently in a blog at KnowledgeProblem.com.

- By Jesse Berst

 

Much of the effort around grid security emphasizes securing access to control rooms and substations. Less attention goes to the security of home automation systems that "touch" the grid.

 

Technology journalist Kashmir Hill recently gained access to eight homes via nothing more than an Internet search. Had she wished, she could have changed thermostat settings or open the garage doors.

 

Although the home automation product with these vulnerabilities is no longer on the market, we can be certain other products are out there with equally wide open backdoors. And we can be certain that the average homeowner will be even less vigilant about security then corporate customers.