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IT professionals work to improve smart grid cyber security measures

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Friday, August 26, 2011

As the U.S. has moved over the past few years to rapidly develop its electric grid, industry analysts have called for increased cyber security defense systems. Smart grid cyber security measures need to be upgraded, experts say, especially given the ever-changing technology climate.

According to a report from the Security and Risk Blog, the information technology (IT) professionals have had to quickly adapt to increasingly sophisticated hackers over the past few years. While smart grid development benefits consumers and utilities alike, cyber criminals are working to exploit critical infrastructure systems in the U.S.

What's more, cyber security officers (CSOs) affirm that new computer viruses continue to emerge each day. Unlike in the past, however, many of the tools currently used by hackers are targeted to affect specific systems, leaving others untouched. This, according to experts, is how the Stuxnet worm was effective in dismantling Iran's nuclear computing system.

As utilities move to construct new transmission and distribution lines, hackers are working to infiltrate critical infrastructure protection (CIP) measures aimed at safeguarding the electric grid. With cyber security defense networks continuing to expand, IT professionals assert the U.S. faces a quickly rising risk of cyber attacks.


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