HP: Smart Meter Rollouts Need More Security

Under Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, states have a limited window of time during which to invest their stimulus budgets into projects which will improve energy efficiency and make energy infrastructure more sustainable. To maximize their use of stimulus funds, states are quickly investing in smart grid technologies, a demand that tech innovator Hewlett Packard is eager to satisfy.

However, as an article in eWEEK Europe reports, HP may be shipping to meet that demand at the expense of security. At the company's Executive Energy Conference in Dubai, HP's utilities industry director Ian Mitton admitted that security has been an afterthought in smart grid and metering projects, with an emphasis being placed on early deployment to meet stimulus demand and experiment with the new technology. As we've previously discussed, security experts have been concerned about under-secured smart grid technology being rushed to market for some time.