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Grid operators need a revised cybersecurity strategy in the IoT era

Published: 21/02/2018

Cybersecurity threats invade the minds of electricity grid managers on a constant basis, and for good reason, writes Neil Strother of Navigant Research in an article for Euractiv. Navigant Research has examined the cybersecurity threats challenging utilities and other enterprises deploying Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. 

2018 appears to be another challenging year for those preventing cyber attacks. Experts warn that state-sponsored attacks are likely to increase and attacks against IoT devices will worsen.

With more devices like smart meters and PV systems being installed and linked to energy grids, cybersecurity threats show no signs of lessening. These devices, part of the IoT megatrend, provide bad actors with more vectors—or surfaces as experts like to call them—from which to launch an attack. “However, the danger does not have to come from newer connected or smart IoT devices”, Strother wrote.

Despite a grim outlook, energy grid managers can and should adopt a robust strategy to protect their assets. They should implement a multi-tiered approach similar to TVA’s, and move toward more proactive tools and processes to counter threats.

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