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Military takes leading role in developing smart grid cyber security measures

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Friday, July 22, 2011

Illustrating that the smart grid cyber security network is critically important to the nation's long-term strategic interests, the Pentagon has taken a leading role in crafting advanced critical infrastructure protection (CIP) measures, according to a published report.

The North County Times reports that officials from the U.S. military are actively working to develop a spate of novel smart grid security protocols that they hope will help to ward off hacking attempts.

Earlier in the year, the Pentagon announced that certain cyber security attacks would be viewed as acts of war against the U.S., and the work by military officials to improve cyber security measures is exceedingly important.

"What keeps me up at night is just that we have so much more work to do," National Cyber Security Alliance executive director Michael Kaiser said recently. "We have to figure out how to work together or we'll never achieve cybersecurity."

With the proliferation of hacking groups like Anonymous and Lulzsec over the past year, there is a timely need to develop an overarching cyber security defense, military officials assert. Just this past week, Anonymous claimed it had infiltrated the computer network of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which is dominated by the U.S. 

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