A new class of warfare is on the horizon. Governments worldwide are scrambling to prepare for the possibility of conflict in the “fifth domain” - cyberspace. Will World War III take place on the internet? The possibility is being explored, as documented in a new article from The Economist.
But how to prepare for a war waged in the digital realm? And what are the stakes? As more and more of the world's infrastructures are given access points on the web, the possibility of collateral damage inflicted by electronic attacks becomes increasingly real. Of particular concern is the security of the smart grid systems that will one day encompass our electrical networks. Opinions vary on the vulnerability of SCADA systems (networks that regulate industrial systems like power plants), however the consensus is that serious risks are present.Read More
The Advanced Metering Infrastructure Security (AMI-SEC) Task Force has released the second draft of the Security Profile for Advanced Metering Infrastructure for public download. Available in PDF format, the document provides guidance for implementing security within a number of smart grid functionalities--including home area network interfaces and meter data management systems--to organizations that are currently developing AMI solutions.Read More
With the U.S.--and other nations around the globe--transitioning their electrical systems to networked, smart grid technology, a new report estimates that smart grid security is poised to become a multi-billion dollar industry. According to CNET News, the report--recently released by Pike Research--predicts that between now and 2015, North America will spend $1.5 billion--followed closely by Asia Pacific at $1.2 billion and Europe at $784 million--on smart grid security. Total global spending is expected to reach $21 billion over the next five years.Read More
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.Read More
In a comprehensive investigation into the vulnerabilities of US critical systems, (including financial, utility and military infrastructures), 60 Minutes recently reported that some of the country's top security experts believe the US to be unprepared for the serious threats posed by targeted cyber attacks.Read More