Cyberattack on U.S. Power Plants Could Cause $1T in Economic Damage

July 13, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Cyberattacks and Infrastructure Safety

Let’s imagine an “improbable, but not impossible” cyberassault on the U.S. power grid. A shadowy group of skilled and malicious actors spend years implanting a piece of malware, dubbed the “Erebos” trojan, in the control systems of power plants across the Northeastern United States.[read more]

Finding the Hidden Cyber Threats in the Power Grid

April 6, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Grid Cybersecurity Risk Assessment

Today’s utility cyber environment is awash with potential threats, ranging from customer credit-card theft attempts like those that struck Target and Home Depot, to potential grid-damaging malware like the BlackEnergy variant found to have infiltrated U.S. grid control systems last year.[read more]

A Cybersafety Culture Can Help Reduce Energy Usage Data Privacy Risks

February 3, 2015 by Christine Hertzog

Thanks to M2M and Smart Grid technologies, new energy usage data can be invaluable to help intelligently manage energy and reduce utility operations costs and consumer costs. However, new data means new privacy risks for consumers, utilities, their vendor communities, and other entities.[read more]

Homeland Security: Russian Hackers Infiltrated US Energy Infrastructure

November 16, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Energy Infrastructure Risks

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued an updated alert last week stating that a variant of the BlackEnergy malware had infiltrated the SCADA systems that control critical infrastructure, including oil and gas pipelines, water distribution systems and the power grid.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Grid Jihad'

September 6, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Energy and Grid Security

The suggestion that ISIS-related militants could team up with Mexican drug cartels to disable the US power grid for an extended period of time seems a bit alarmist, but worth noting, particularly in light of two recent substation attacks in California.[read more]

Homeland Security: Utility Control System Was Hacked Through 'Brute Force' Attack

May 23, 2014 by Jeff St. John

The U.S. utility industry no longer needs to wonder whether its smart grid systems are being hacked. The Department of Homeland Security has confirmed it. That’s according to the latest alert monitor report from DHS’ Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team.[read more]

A Utility's Guide to Mitigating Cybersecurity [INFOGRAPHIC]

April 30, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Utility Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is becoming an increasingly important issue for utilities and other energy companies as more business tasks are connected to online environments in various ways. To address these risks, President Obama issued Executive Order 13636, “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.”[read more]

5 Tips to Cybersecure the Power Grid

April 25, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Securing the Grid

If anyone knows about cybersecurity of the power grid, it’s Seán McGurk. As head of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team from 2008 to 2012, he led the fight against attacks on utilities and energy companies during a period when such threats grew to a flood.[read more]

Cybersecurity is Key to our Clean Energy Future

March 10, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Noting that experts generally agree the risk of a large-scale cyber attack on America’s electricity transmission grid “is significant and must be addressed,” a new report recommends that government and industry work together to put strong protections in place.[read more]

Why We Need to Pay More Attention to Cybersecurity in 2014

February 12, 2014 by Jessica Kennedy

The state of cybersecurity in 2014 is tenuous at best. President Obama paid nominal attention to the matter in his State of the Union address, giving it only one mention. “Here at home, we’ll keep strengthening our defenses, and combat new threats like cyberattacks,” he promised.[read more]

Your Utility’s Focus for 2013? Cyber Security

January 20, 2013 by Jessica Kennedy

Utility Meter via Shutterstock

How should electric utilities be adjusting to the 21st century? It seems with the explosion of smart grid technology across the country, and the world, utilities will now be accountable for something that has previously not been an issue: cyber security.[read more]

The Smart Grid’s Cyber-Security Questions

August 3, 2011 by Dick DeBlasio

The stakes are steep. The challenge is nuanced and evolving. And, at this point, there areat least as many as questions as there are answers about how the job should be carriedout.Together, those factors make cyber-security one of the most talked-about topics in theSmart Grid conversation worldwide.In overlaying the electricity-delivery...[read more]

NRC rule ~ No rabbits out of a hat

September 25, 2009 by Dan Yurman

Dale Klein says the agency must be clear about what it does and how it explains its decisions to the publicDale Klein, a Commissioner at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and its former chairman under the previous administration, has two objectives for his agency. He said in a wide-ranging interview with this blog on Sept 24 that...[read more]