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By: SGN Staff

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Quick Take: I am amazed that some utilities still have a lackadaisical attitude toward cybersecurity. Some of them appear to be doing the absolute minimum. Others have a few well-meaning staffers, but no overall, top-to-bottom program.

 

I think electric power utilities have two things to fear on the cybersecurity front. One is an attack that shuts down power. If you think the fingerpointing in Washington D.C. is obnoxious, wait until a utility succumbs to a cyber attack. The recriminations will be flying. The second concern is that utilities may be saddled with security mandates that are onerous and/or misunderstood.

 

For both reasons, you should be closely tracking the cybersecurity guidelines from The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST is now requesting public comment on the first revisions to its guidelines. I've put a summary below, but click the headline below to jump to the page. And click this link to go to the page where you can download the guidelines for study. - By Jesse Berst

 

Request for comments on Drafy NIST Interagency Report (NISTIR) 7628 Rev. 1, Guidelines for Smart Grid Cybersecurity

 

A Notice by the National Institute of Standards and Technology on 10/25/2013

 

Publication Date:

Friday, October 25, 2013

Agencies:

Department of Commerce

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Dates:

Comments must be received by December 24, 2013.