Regulation will be key in increasing smart grid cyber security
SUBNET Solutions Inc | Friday, June 29, 2012
The introduction of the smart grid will bring about several benefits, such as reliability, efficiency and lower costs for both end users and utilities. However, with new projects comes the need for more security, Energy Biz reports.
According to the news source, threats directed toward the electric grid have been mounting in the last year, prompting many government officials to broach the topic at meetings in Washington on several occasions.
Stephen Flynn, professor and co-director of the Kostas Research Institute, testified earlier this year in front of the U.S. House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations and Management.
"I'm deeply concerned. So many utilities have taken advantage of tremendous technologies to support their operations, the efficiency of those operations, without really being cognizant of the degree to which those systems can be compromised and set off cascading consequences," he said after the hearing.
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