cybersecurity, defending the grid, cyber attacks, cyber threats, malware, hardware threats, energy theft, electricity security, electricity theft, security
Utilities, like every other sector of our society, are exposed to a litany of threats to both their physical and cyber assets, as well as their financial well-being. The nature of the electric utility business makes generating plants, powerlines, substations and customer connections vulnerable and easily accessible to both physical and cyberattacks.
Utilities’ operational and business systems have increased exposure to malfeasance by becoming more technology dependent and accessible in cyberspace. Exposure to cyberthreats could bring expansive public distress from potential attack-related outages or raids on sensitive customer and corporate data.
The ever-increasing regulatory requirements challenge utilities to meet their regulatory obligations. Security specialists and reliability focused utility technologists will find this track has information that is current and important to their cyber-related tasks.
• Securing operational and business systems and infrastructure
• Reliability of the transmission or distribution network or both
• Project planning and implementation of “smart grid” endeavors
• Communication network operation and design
• Standards development in NERC and IEEE pertaining to defending utilities from malfeasance