21. January 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Sixty-one percent of energy executives consider security to be a big problem for the smart grid, and 64% believe that the grid is not prepared for security threats, according to the 2014 Smart Grid Cybersecurity Survey conducted by research firm Zpryme. The survey polled 111 energy executives and was sponsored by SMART Modular Technologies, a Continue reading →

09. January 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The same smart meters that aim to revolutionize electric power may also be the grid’s biggest security flaw. That’s because the meters often rely on “inherently insecure wireless networks” says Professor Craig Valli, Director of the ECU Security Research Institute. “There’s a lot of economic benefit to this but the security around it sucks,” he Continue reading →

06. January 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

For Raffi Kajberouni, the keys to his Santa Clarita home have become relics. If he locks himself out, no problem. If a friend arrives at his two-story house before him, there’s no waiting outside for Kajberouni to arrive. Kajberouni taps his smartphone and his front door unlocks. He can also turn down the thermostat or Continue reading →

31. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The continued string of recent corporate security breaches has caused many enterprise organizations to evaluate their security practices in an effort to better protect their data and that of their customers. But what about the threat cyber attacks pose to utilities? To underscore the severity of this issue, the US Department of Energy (DOE) has Continue reading →

19. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

National Technical Systems, Inc., a leading provider of testing and engineering services, announced today that it has been selected by iControl Networks as the test lab to perform certification testing for the iControl OpenHome Partner Program. iControl Platforms communicate with a wide variety of security and home automation products including smart door locks, light controls, Continue reading →

12. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

The next question is not “When will the IoT get here?” The smart grid IoT is already with us. Instead, the question should be “What is the next IoT and how will it benefit people?” This article is the fourth discussion about the tight synergy among silicon, security, the IoT, and smart grid. Indeed, security Continue reading →

10. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Confidentiality. Integrity. Availability. These three supreme goals of information system security apply across all industries. So it’s no surprise that the benchmarks of smart meter and smart grid security are: Ensuring that authorized people have access to specific information and others do not (confidentiality) Certifying the validity and reliability of information resources (data integrity) Reserving Continue reading →

10. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Smart meters are meant to improve the efficiency and regulation of energy in our cities, but are the systems secure? According to Verizon’s latest Intelligent Energy Brief, the smart meter — a device used to measure energy, water or natural gas consumption of a building or home — can be used by suppliers to tweak Continue reading →

07. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Smart Grid News is working with experts from Elster and other leading smart grid companies to create the ultimate guide to AMI — a full-scale, start-to-finish, everything-including-the kitchen-sink compendium of best practices, lessons learned, and future directions. When it’s complete, we will make it available to you as an eBook. In the meantime we’re publishing Continue reading →

04. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

In two prior articles we discussed the fantasy and reality of the IoT and its application in the smart grid. We are, indeed, well on our way to a smarter grid. About half of the houses in the U.S. already have advanced communicating electricity meters. Utilities worldwide are installing distribution automation equipment that controls power Continue reading →

03. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The excellent security-mined people at the SANS Institute have produced an 8 minute video that walks you through a control systems attack.  The money they saved by using animation instead of Matt Damon or Morgan Freeman was put to good use as you’ll see. For such an esoteric subject, this is a first rate video. Continue reading →

26. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The Federal Trade Commission recently hosted a public workshop examining the emerging role of connected technology – think smart refrigerators and fitness wristbands – with its ramifications for user privacy and data security. The workshop comes on the heels of the FTC’s 20-year consent order handed down to TRENDnet over the company’s “secure” webcams which, it Continue reading →

26. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Despite their acknowledged importance for the security of the bulk electric system, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards can’t ensure grid security. via Smart Grid: Survey says: NERC CIP compliance not enough to guarantee grid security.

06. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

nCube is a smart home system that lets you tailor a money-saving solution to suit your needs. Whether you want to save on energy bills by controlling light switches, heaters and thermostats from your phone or connecting to security devices on the go, you’ll be able to control a multitude of home systems from your Continue reading →

05. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The National Electric Sector Cybersecurity Organization Resource (NESCOR), a Department of Energy funded public-private partnership led by EPRI, has published three cyber security failure scenario and impact analysis documents for the electric sector, which identify threat agents; criteria, ethods and results of prioritization of failure scenarios; and an analysis of common mitigations to identify the Continue reading →

30. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

SMi Group proudly presents its 4th annual European Smart Grid Cyber and SCADA Security conference, taking place in London, on the 10th-11th of March 2014. Registration for the event is now open. The event now in its 4th year delivers the latest developments on how Utilities from the US and Europe are dealing with persistent Continue reading →

29. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

In its rush to become smart, the electric power industry has paid scant attention to the security implications, complain Richard Andres and Karl Pabst of National Defense University in a recent post. One of the key features of a smart grid — two-way communications — greatly increases access to vulnerable SCADA systems, as SGN pointed Continue reading →

28. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

SMi Group proudly presents its 4th annual European Smart Grid Cyber and SCADA Security conference, taking place in London, on the 10th-11th of March 2014. Registration for the event is now open. The event now in its 4th year delivers the latest developments on how Utilities from the US and Europe are dealing with persistent Continue reading →

24. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Just who are you inviting into your home with that latest ‘smart’ technology purchase? Many consumer electronics companies are launching ‘smart’ versions of their appliances. TVs, washing machines, dryers,’refrigerators, ovens, and vacuum cleaners – virtually any consumer electronic device can be made smart, by being fitted with a powerful embedded computer designed to be always Continue reading →

23. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Designers of smart meters can now reduce time to market, raise the bar for higher accuracy, and secure their designs with Capistrano, a smart grid reference platform from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM). Powered by the company’s Zeus metering SoC, Capistrano protects designs with advanced cryptography, physical attack detection, and life-cycle security schemes. via Continue reading →