Your Smart Grid Security Bill: $3 per Meter

September 12, 2010

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

July 21, 2010

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"

July 8, 2010

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

July 6, 2010

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?

June 20, 2010

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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