Outsmarting Power Grid Vulnerabilities

By Robert Vamosi | 6/7/12 7:17 AM

Whether swapping out devices or improving existing ones, introducing new functionality and features to the power grid where there had been none before can have security consequences, according to one expert.

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California Regulates Smart Grid Technologies

By Robert Vamosi | 8/8/11 3:22 AM

In a first-in-the-nation decision, California has passed regulations covering smart grid privacy and security, including independent security checks of the integrity of data collected and a restriction of the that data to third parties.

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Toyota To Build Cloud-based Telematics System

By JDavis | 4/8/11 6:45 AM

Looking toward the future, Toyota will collaborate with Microsoft to build a cloud-based telematic system for its cars by 2015.

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Night Dragon Pilfers Oil & Gas Smart Grid

By JDavis | 3/9/11 7:02 AM

The Night Dragon is the latest cyber security attack to join the ranks of uber-sophisticated Trojans like Stuxnet. It uses one of the most common attacks, compromising external Web servers and then hacking into the company intranets to gain access to internal servers and desktops. The tragic truth is that the oil and gas sector has a very poor guard against cyber security threats that can easily be prevented. For example, incidents of the Night Dragon have shown that the energy industry has left too many doors open for invaders to come in without any sense of stealth.

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U.S. DOE Examines New Cyber Security Risks on the Electric Grid

By JDavis | 2/11/11 6:21 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) just announced a new initiative to assess the state of cyber security for the electric grid. DOE has already begun tapping numerous leads from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Department of Homeland Security as well as both public and private utilities to contribute to this open forum on cyber security.

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Government Report Finds Smart Grid Security Inadequate

By JDavis | 1/21/11 7:57 AM

A new document from the U.S. Government Accountability Office--the auditing office of the U.S. Congress--assessing the current state of security of the rapidly deploying smart grid networks around the country finds that necessary built-in security features are often missing from the networks and the smart meters themselves.

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LG Announces New Smart Grid-Connected Appliances

By JDavis | 1/10/11 3:14 AM

A new series of smart appliances just announced by LG will--in addition to having smart grid connectivity--communicate with each other over the network, as well as connect to owners' smartphones and tablet devices, giving them control over a wide range of energy-saving and diagnostic functions--bringing the kitchen to the forefront of the Internet of Things.

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Physical and Cyber Security for a Smart Grid

By JDavis | 12/3/10 6:58 AM

The Smart Grid Security Blog has posted a detailed, informative video that discusses not only the cyber security challenges in properly protecting devices on the smart grid, but the many difficulties in ensuring their physical security as well.

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Hackers to Get 440 Million New Targets

By JDavis | 10/7/10 8:16 AM

We've posted before about the billions of dollars slated for smart grid cybersecurity, and that amount continues to rise. Such immense budgets are no surprise, however, when you look at the massive scale of the smart grid rollout and what it means to the cybersecurity of our critical infrastructure.

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FINAL Federal Smart Grid Security Document Released

By JDavis | 9/1/10 2:22 PM

We've previously posted the in-progress drafts of the NIST Computer Security Division's smart grid security plan, Guidelines for Smart Grid Cyber Security. It has now been released for public viewing in its final version, which is available in three volumes:

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