The Necessity of Smart Grid Cyber Security
With the energy industry becoming more technology-focused, it is important to develop strong security barriers to ensure the system remains efficient and operative. Use of machinery such as drones, sensors, and cameras mean the system is fast and productive, but, as with all technologies, they open doors to cyberattacks. According to a USA Today investigation, America’s power grid suffers a cyber or physical attack once every four days. Multiple layers of IT security are needed, in conjunction with effective protocols and training. Security challenges are one example of the various hurdles in the energy industry today, along with rising demands, fluctuating oil prices, and changing regulatory requirements. Click here to read more about the necessity of protecting smart grids and here for a whitepaper from the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) covering smart grid system security with broadcast communications.