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Improving Grid Cybersecurity

Posted June 05, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Late last year, hundreds of thousands of Ukraine residents suffered outages in a confirmed cyber attack on their power grid. The attack included synchronized, coordinated intrusions on three different supervisory control and data acquisition systems. Other incidents around the world have shown similar dangers. In 2015 alone, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security responded to 46 cyber intrusions aimed at the energy sector. Governments and utilities are taking steps to protect themselves by addressing weaknesses, but they also require new technology that's specific to power systems. Engineering360 examines the precautions that are being put in place to mitigate future incidents.


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06/13/2016 1:20 PM

Academic reading in concert with technical articles is a must to understand the nature and direction of the threat. Helping those who help themselves:

http://news.uark.edu/articles/11120/research-reveals-patterns-of-terrorist-preparation

http://leadingchange.uark.edu/tracking-terror/index.php

http://mest.uark.edu/

http://www.icnwa.com/home/

http://www.nytimes.com/1993/08/23/world/clinton-and-his-ties-to-the-influential-saudis.html

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Re: Improving Grid Cybersecurity

06/19/2016 12:25 AM

It's quite simple, return to the "old days" before the internet, when utilities had their own communication systems using pilot wire, RF, private phone systems, and powerline carrier systems; they may have been slow, but they were secure. They are easily upgraded to private point to point fibers that can't be spoofed, point to point encrypted microwave transceivers, no use of WiFi and/or cellphone infrastructure, and a total disconnect from any public communications/internet systems.

It's much more difficult to hack a system that the bad guys don't have easy access to.

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