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NERC to hold smart grid security event

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Smart grid cyber security measures are in need of updates, many industry experts assert, and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) is hoping to spur power providers and generators to overhaul their critical infrastructure protection (CIP) protocols with a new testing service it is launching.

Smart Grid News reports that NERC is sponsoring an exercise that aims to test how utilities would respond in the event of a cyber security hacking attempt. The event, GridEx 2011, is being hailed by industry analysts as an important test of how efficacious current smart grid security measures are.

According to NERC, the event will be held in mid-November of this year. Thus far, hundreds of utilities companies - including some of the biggest ones in the country - have signed on to participate in the event, according to the news provider.

"GridEx 2011 will involve bulk power system owners and operators from across North America," NERC chief security officer Mark Weatherford said in a statement. "This large-scale security exercise will continue our forward momentum in securing the grid by allowing NERC and the industry to identify any gaps and to better focus our resources."

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