Utilities to FERC: We don't need your security measures, but thanks

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By: SGN Staff

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Quick Take: We keep running stories warning that hackers and terrorists are targeting electric power infrastructure. Even the Chinese army is taking aim at the American grid.

 

But apparently U.S. utilities don't believe it. Or they think the hackers will target somebody else's system, not theirs. As reported by The Hill, far too few of them are complying with the voluntary standards issued by FERC back in 2010 when the Stuxnet worm hit.

 

Yes, the two American Congressman making these claims have political motivations. Even so, I predict at least one utility will get in hot water within two years. A cyber attack will cause an outage. And then it will be revealed that the utility had plenty of warning. And plenty of guidelines from FERC and others. But chose to ignore them. And when that gets known, that utility will have plenty of problems from its regulators and ratepayers. - By Jesse Berst

 

Few electric power utilities are complying with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's voluntary measures to protect against the Stuxnet virus, according to a survey commissioned by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA). The survey found that the grid is the target of daily cyber attacks. In fact, one utility revealed that it is struck 10,000 times per month.

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