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Imagining Cyber-Warfare

July 11, 2010

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.

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New Smart Grid Security Draft Released

July 1, 2010

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.

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Billions Slated for Smart Grid Security

June 29, 2010

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.

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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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60 MINUTES: Devices Controlling National Infrastructure Have Already Been Hacked

June 13, 2010

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.

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