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Vendor role in NERC ‘s upcoming cyberattack exercise unclear despite growing power sector threat

Vendor role in NERC’s upcoming cyberattack exercise unclear despite growing power sector threat The lack of any planned vendor participation for GridEx VI has taken some cybersecurity experts by surprise, particularly after last year’s SolarWinds software supply chain hack, which NERC said exposed about 25% of electric utilities to malware. “It appears that we are … Continue reading Vendor role in NERC ‘s upcoming cyberattack exercise unclear despite growing power sector threat

Colonial hack exposed government’s light-touch oversight of pipeline cybersecurity

Colonial hack exposed government’s light-touch oversight of pipeline cybersecurity The TSA is reversing its hands-off approach to overseeing pipeline cybersecurity in the wake of devastating ransomware attack on critical U.S. infrastructure Three times over the past year, Colonial Pipeline and the Transportation Security Administration discussed scheduling a voluntary, in-depth cybersecurity review — an assessment the … Continue reading Colonial hack exposed government’s light-touch oversight of pipeline cybersecurity

The Department of Energy Warns of Increasing Cyber Threats to Electricity

The Department of Energy Warns of Increasing Cyber Threats to Electricity Our nation’s electrical grid, which is a key component of the critical infrastructure, is better than much of the world, but as recent outages following winter storms have shown, it could use a little “TLC.” Most of today’s grid actually was built in the … Continue reading The Department of Energy Warns of Increasing Cyber Threats to Electricity

Responding to Cyber-Attacks in the #Utility and Energy Sectors

Responding to Cyber-Attacks in the Utility and Energy Sectors To assist utilities with assessing and responding to cyber risks, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) recently issued a report on best practices to respond to and recover from cybersecurity incidents in the utility industry. Like other industries, … Continue reading Responding to Cyber-Attacks in the #Utility and Energy Sectors

#Energy industry vulnerable to attacks on outdated systems

Energy industry vulnerable to attacks on outdated systems Critical infrastructure sites and energy distribution facilities are increasingly being targeted by cybercriminals. But many of the systems in use today were installed and built before 24/7 internet connections. A new report from Finnish cybersecurity company F-Secure highlights the fact that cybersecurity was not a realistic threat … Continue reading #Energy industry vulnerable to attacks on outdated systems

Protecting the power grid from cyber attacks

Protecting the power grid from cyber attacks As the national power grid becomes increasingly dependent on computers and data sharing—providing significant benefits for utilities, customers, and communities—it has also become more vulnerable to both physical and cyber threats. While evolving standards with strict enforcement help reduce risks, efforts focused on response and recovery capabilities are … Continue reading Protecting the power grid from cyber attacks

Utilities Prepare for Increased Cyberattacks on the Electric Grid

Utilities Prepare for Increased Cyberattacks on the Electric Grid More electric utilities and energy companies are turning to cybersecurity vendors for protection against attempted attacks, a growing threat highlighted by the recent disclosure of Russian hacking into their communications networks last year. The U.S. utility sector faces millions of attempted cyber intrusions a day. Duke … Continue reading Utilities Prepare for Increased Cyberattacks on the Electric Grid

Cyberattack on U.S. power grid must trigger coordinated action

Cyberattack on U.S. power grid must trigger coordinated action With irrefutable proof in hand that hackers have penetrated the U.S. electricity supply system, and the tragic situation in Puerto Rico reminding us that life without electricity is harsh — not only no lights, but no banks, ATMs, internet or communications, limited food and water supplies, … Continue reading Cyberattack on U.S. power grid must trigger coordinated action

After alert on #Russian_hacking, a renewed focus on protecting U.S. power grid

After alert on Russian hacking, a renewed focus on protecting U.S. power grid The joint alert from the FBI and Department of Homeland Security last month warning that Russia was hacking into critical U.S. energy infrastructure came as no surprise to the nation’s largest grid operator, PJM Interconnection. “You will never stop people from trying … Continue reading After alert on #Russian_hacking, a renewed focus on protecting U.S. power grid

Electric grid hacking exercise puts spotlight on shortage of security clearances

Electric grid hacking exercise puts spotlight on shortage of security clearances As foreign hackers continue to probe the U.S. grid for weaknesses, a cyber exercise for the North American energy sector has shown that many utility personnel still lack access to the classified information needed to stay on top of the threat. Not enough utility … Continue reading Electric grid hacking exercise puts spotlight on shortage of security clearances