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Vermont officials concerned about smart grid cyber security measures

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Monday, August 01, 2011

The ongoing development of the U.S. smart grid has caused concern among cyber security professionals. Vermont has been at the forefront of adopting smart grid technologies and according to a published report, the state is working to improve its smart grid cyber security measures.

Vermont Public Radio reports that Vermont utility regulators are starting to more closely examine how power providers are protecting data transmitted over the fledgling smart grid. According to the news provider, utilities are installing smart meters in their customers' homes, which essentially allow home and business owners to examine their energy usage at any given time.

However, cyber security experts assert that hackers are increasingly breaking into computer networks. As hackers become exceedingly sophisticated at carrying out such breaches, they have the potential to steal some of this private data, worrying regulators in Vermont and other states.

"And as there's more data, then there are concerns as to how that data will be used, how it will be stored, will it be secure," Vermont Public Service Department communications director James Porter said. 

Vermont utilities said that they are taking cyber security initiatives very seriously, but others have questioned such assertions. 

 

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