Your Smart Grid Security Bill: $3 per Meter

By JDavis | 9/12/10 3:22 PM

A recent Pike Research blog post discusses the first Smart Grid Cyber Security Summit in San Jose, CA as well as the major market opportunities in the smart meter security sector. As posted on Pike Research,

After listening to some of the expert presentations...[t]he refrain was consistent: the current grid, with its hodgepodge industrial control system (ICS) technologies, is highly vulnerable to a cyber attack that could destroy critical generation and T&D assets. Resulting outages could last for weeks, causing economic devastation. Smart grid integration could make it worse. Utility IT staffs with some security knowledge don’t understand ICS, and operations groups that do don’t trust, or even like, the IT groups. Nationally, very few experts (perhaps tens to low hundreds) understand enough ICS and IT to be useful.

However, according to Pike Research, the silver lining is that progress is being made in prioritizing security for the next-generation smart grid, with increased R&D from smart meter vendors as well as support from Congress.

Additionally, Pike Research points out the tremendous market opportunity in the smart meter security sector, forecasting revenue of upwards of $3.00 per meter over the next five years.

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A Smart Grid Reference Library

By JDavis | 7/21/10 9:37 AM

Whether you're new to the smart grid concept, a developer looking for technical documentation, or involved in any aspect of planning for the grid, there is now a central online resource for information on all things "smart grid". The Smart Grid Information Clearinghouse (SGIC) will officially go live in Fall 2010, but for the time being it's available publicly in beta form:

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Government Introduces "Perfect Citizen"

By JDavis | 7/8/10 1:14 PM

The Wall Street Journal reports on a new computer network surveillance program being launched by the federal government. The project, dubbed "Perfect Citizen," will be led by the National Security Agency (NSA) who have already contracted defense heavyweights Raytheon for the project.

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Understanding EAX' Smart Grid Security

By JDavis | 7/6/10 9:54 AM

Much of the latest smart grid and AMI technology relies on the open ANSI C12.22/IEEE1703 standard for the transport of meter data over networks. And this specification relies on a security mechanism called EAX', a modification of the EAX mode cryptography scheme.

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Nice Work if You Can Get It: Security Retrofit for 800 Million Smart Meters?

By JDavis | 6/20/10 12:31 PM

CNET News has published a comprehensive report on the state of smart grid security. In it, they detail the growing concerns among security experts that smart meter technology is being rapidly expanded around the world without the built-in security considerations necessary to protect the utility infrastructure -- and the people connected to it -- from serious cyber-crime.

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HP: Smart Meter Rollouts Need More Security

By JDavis | 5/19/10 9:52 AM

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.

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New Smart Grid Security Document Released

By JDavis | 4/25/10 8:19 AM

We've posted before about the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Smart Grid security strategy draft. And now the NIST has announced the second draft of its Smart Grid Cyber Security Strategy and Requirements document, which is currently available for public comment.

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Understanding "The Internet of Things"

By JDavis | 4/7/10 10:30 AM

Currently in its planning phases, the second annual "Internet of Things Conference" in Tokyo will take place this November. Discussing some of the conference's proposed topics and how they'll shape the future of the Internet of Things, a recent article on ReadWriteWeb explores the incredibly vast scope of this connected device landscape.

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Project costs 60x higher when security addressed late in the development cycle - IOActive Study

By JDavis | 3/22/10 8:09 AM

A recent article on warns that, as the Smart Grid utility infrastructure continues to develop across the country, comprehensive security solutions need to be planned in advance and built-in as integral parts of the system.

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Expert Warns of Industrial Control Security Risks

By JDavis | 1/10/10 8:30 AM

Citing catastrophic Industrial Control Systems-related events such as the Bellingham, WA pipeline explosion in 1999 that killed three people, cybersecurity expert Joe Weiss recently discussed the lack of attention surrounding Industrial Control Systems (ICS) cybersecurity. In his article, he draws parallels between the current weaknesses in ICS security and the failures that led to major national security incidents such as the Detroit bomber and the 9/11 attacks.

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