28. April 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Security is becoming an important part of the day-to-day operations of every utility across the United States, and a recent ruling by the Department of Justice (DOJ) is meant to make it easier for companies to keep their assets secure while keeping the lights on. The energy industry is a unique because most companies understand Continue reading →

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

Why the smart grid needs “security intelligence” BBC News recently posted a thought-provoking piece explaining why many energy companies (including power and utilities) are being turned down for insurance policies to cover cyber-attacks. The net: audits of existing defense and protection strategies “concluded that protections were inadequate.” via Smart Grid: Why some insurers are dumping Continue reading →

It appears that 2014 is the year that the power grid’s physical security is going to come to the forefront of national attention. Now the question for utilities and regulators is whether they’re going to overreact, under-react, or find a balanced response. It all started last month, when a Wall Street Journal article revealed previously Continue reading →

19. March 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Arotech Corp., a provider of defense and security products for the military, law enforcement and homeland security markets, says that its Battery and Power Systems Division has advanced its development of an iron flow battery to provide storage for grid power, following promising results in lab tests. via Renew Grid: Content / Products & Technology Continue reading →

17. March 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) took action recently to provide for the resilience of the transmission grid by directing the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) to develop reliability standards requiring owners and operators of the Bulk-Power System to address risks due to physical security threats and vulnerabilities. “Because the grid is so critical Continue reading →

10. March 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

STMicroelectronics has introduced KERKEY: an advanced security module that prevents malicious attacks on smart-grid gateways, concentrators, and smart meters. While meeting very high industry-security standards, KERKEY can be personalized to meet individual customer requirements. In creating KERKEY, ST is building on its successful track record in e-government, transportation, banking, and consumer sectors, with over 1 Continue reading →

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

Rapid growth in the number and sophistication of cyber attacks is forcing utilities to implement strong security measures. This, in turn, is driving rapid growth in the global market for smart grid cybersecurity. Infiniti Research Limited projects the market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of just under 30% from 2012 to 2016. Continue reading →

25. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

STMicroelectronics (ST) has launched an advanced security module that is designed to prevent malicious attacks on smart-grid gateways, concentrators, and smart meters. The new module KERKEY can be personalized to meet individual customer requirements. via STMicroelectronics launches new security module for smart-grid platforms – Energy Business Review.

24. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security today adopted an amendment that would result in a comprehensive assessment of actions necessary to expand and strengthen the capabilities of the electrical power system to prepare for, respond to, mitigate, and recover from a natural disaster or cyber attack. The Payne amendment is backed by Continue reading →

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

Clint Struth is AltaLink’s Principal Engineer, Telecommunications Networking. Cory Struth is Network Architect. They helped pull together AltaLink’s multi-layer security strategy. AltaLink takes advantage of IP/MPLS intelligence and flexibility while also giving strong attention to the human dimension. AltaLink Belize security is so integral to any deployment that it must be trumpeted by the upper Continue reading →

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

Zpryme is reporting the results of its latest smart grid cybersecurity research. Not surprisingly, cybersecurity is still a huge challenge for utilities — and they know it. But what are they doing about it? Click on infographic to enlarge. Credit: Zpryme The survey revealed that more than 60 percent of respondents believe smart grid security Continue reading →

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 →