Work by a team of researchers from NYSSGC member New York University points to vulnerabilities in a grid component that, coupled with publicly available information, can enable hackers—even low-budget ones—to launch a cyberattack on power grids and other critical infrastructure. The component with the weak point responds to changes in flow across the grid to slate electrical faults. Speaking at the Black Hat USA 2017 conference in July 2017, Professor Michael Maniatakos of the research team noted that utilities, in addition to safeguarding their information, must include address in their modernization efforts the security of components that may have been manufactured and installed years or decades ago, adding that cybersecurity “must be viewed as an integral element of design and operation.” Click here for the NYU Press Release.