For years, organizations have turned to security events and logs, aka machine data, to meet compliance requirements for regulations and mandates such as PCI, HIPAA, FISMA, GLBA, NERC, ISO, COSO, and the EU Data Directive. These compliance requirements typically include security event logging and retention, threat detection and alerting, and incident review and response. Additionally, organizations must measure the effectiveness of the many technical controls required by these regulations and mandates.In the past, organizations have turned to traditional Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) software to meet these requirements. SIEMs centrally collect event and log data from security devices. In turn, these logs can be harnessed for cross-data source correlations and rules to detect threats, after-the-fact incident investigations and response, and for compliance reporting.
C3 Energy CEO Thomas M. Siebel answered questions surrounding the future of the grid during an on-stage interview with Wall Street Journal Contributing Editor Jeff Ball yesterday during ECO:nomics 2015.
“Utilities should be encouraged to lead the way to a more modernized electric system. Progress has been dramatic in the current decade, but current state regulations have not kept pace”
As an invited industry expert, Siebel spoke on how next-generation technology is driving innovation across the grid. Siebel and Ball discussed the technologies that are necessary to modernize energy systems worldwide, including cloud computing, machine learning, and big data analytics. Siebel also addressed challenges to the future of the smart grid, including regulations that impede technology advancement for utilities.
China is building more than a third of the world’s nuclear reactors currently under construction, and has plans to triple its nuclear power capacity by 2020. That has some observers worried about the country’s opaque and politicized nuclear safety regulations.
But amid all the hype over nuclear power, China has been expanding its wind power capacity at an even faster clip. Last year, China’s wind farms reached a capacity of 115,000 megawatts, compared with just 20,000 megawatts from its nuclear sector. (To be sure, capacity is different than the actual amount of energy created.)
The Department of Energy and the Federal Smart Grid Task Force released the final version of a Voluntary Code of Conduct (VCC) for smart grid data privacy on Monday, several hours after President Obama heralded the release of the VCC as part of his speech on privacy and cybersecurity at the Federal Trade Commission. The VCC is the result of a multi-year effort by the Department of Energy and the Federal Smart Grid Task Force to collaborate with industry stakeholders to develop a voluntary code of conduct that addresses smart grid privacy concerns. The VCC does not supersede any federal, state, or local laws or regulations. Instead, it serves as a set of “high level principles of conduct for both utilities and third parties.” The VCC does, however, contemplate that entities could adopt the VCC with “limited exceptions” where required by other laws or regulations.
It’s a familiar adage in the tech world that hardware is hard. After all, a single coder can ship an app, armed with just a computer. But a new piece of hardware has to go through design revisions, materials tests, and manufacturing regulations before it sees the light of day.
This is why Ville Ylläsjärvi thinks Thingsee One, the open source, Internet of Things gadget his company is Kickstarting, will have staying power. Thingsee One isn’t just a sensor-stuffed piece of hardware, it’s a developer kit for other hardware makers. “We’re solving the hardware equation for them,” he says.
Dynamic spectrum access techniques that improve spectrum utilization would help alleviate the spectrum crunch, enable the Internet of Things and close the digital divide in Latin America. This was the message given at last week’s ANE Annual Spectrum Conference on Internet of Things in Bogota by Prof. H Nwana, Executive Director of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, the global organisation advocating for law and regulations that will lead to more efficient and effective spectrum utilisation.
Nwana told his audience that dynamic spectrum policy thinking is moving up the agenda for regulators and policy makers as new areas like Internet of Things emerge, and that the global dynamic spectrum access movement is growing. He noted that this is evidenced by the growing Alliance membership and more countries looking to implement dynamic spectrum access regulations in 2015, to add to the United States, Singapore and Finland. This would include the UK, South Africa and Malawi. There are also a growing number of geographical database-based TV White Space pilots underway, including trials in North America, Europe, South Africa, Africa, Asia and even Latin America (the first being in Uruguay).
The Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS) applauded the flexibility shown today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the agency’s release of draft regulations to address CO2 emissions, and for its recognition that there are a number of ways to introduce greater efficiency into the nation’s electricity system and help reduce such emissions.
“The draft regulations released today show extreme flexibility in setting targets,” said Dan Delurey, Executive Director of ADS. “And more importantly, they provide states with substantial flexibility in how they put together plans to meet those targets.
As cyber threats demand that electricity providers take more responsibility to safeguard their operations, NRECA is forming a task force to ensure that cooperatives’ needs are served when cyber security standards, regulations and legislation take shape.
Test specialist John Charters outlines the transmit power and emissions regulations for the three most commonly used low power consumption wireless technologies – Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Direct and ZigBee.
Any device that transmits data is subject to regulatory approval and therefore the technologies covered in this article will all require regulatory approval.
It is important to make this distinction to ensure that when the technologies are being implemented, regulatory approval is still gained. In addition, RF circuit design is also an important consideration and how it meets those regulatory requirements.
Rooftop solar panels can really destabilize the grid with their on-again, off-again power, if you’ve got enough of them concentrated in one place. It’s a good thing, then, that the inverters that connect solar panels to the grid can be designed to solve most of those problems — and even add some new grid-stabilizing features of their own.
So why do the IEEE 1547 regulations governing solar-grid connections in the United States demand that those inverters disconnect any time the grid gets unstable? There’s a simple answer — it’s for safety, to make sure solar power doesn’t flow through a downed power line and shock a utility worker, for example.