NIST Publishes Security Standards for Smart Grid Devices
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published a preliminary report outlining the security plan for the nation's next-generation Smart Grid, a two-way system using intelligent networking to control the flow of electricity between power plants and end users.
The security requirements and architecture will address not only deliberate attacks, but errors, failures, and natural disasters that also could destabilize the grid. Smart Grid risks being addressed by the working group include:
- Increasing complexity, which could introduce vulnerabilities and increase exposure to attacks and errors;
- Interconnected networks, which could introduce common vulnerabilities;
- Increasing vulnerability to disruption of communications and the introduction of malicious code;
- The potential for loss of confidentiality, including breach of customer privacy.
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