Blog Posts Tagged with "Smart Grid"

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Common Sense Cybersecurity

January 13, 2013 Added by:Larry Karisny

We start with one big problem. Internet architecture was never made for security. One of my earliest articles quoted the father of the Internet Vint Cerf by saying, "One of things incumbent on all of us is to introduce strong authentication into the fabric of the smart grid. We did not do that with the Internet."

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Smart Grid Security: Getting Better, But Needs Improvement

August 09, 2012 Added by:Brent Huston

There is still room for improvement in the smart grid space: Encryption versus encoding, modern development security, JTAG protection, input validation and the usual application security shortcomings that the web and other platforms are struggling with. Default passwords, crypto keys and configurations still abound...

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Top Cyber Security Experts Meet for Smart Grid Security Summit

August 07, 2012 Added by:Larry Karisny

From securing Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) that now must securely encrypt the new end point of nano sensors chip sets to Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) that must now be able to view real time event anomalies and business processes, this discussion showed the need for security technology change...

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Energy Department Develops Tool for Electric Grid Cybersecurity

July 19, 2012 Added by:Headlines

“The new Cybersecurity Self-Evaluation Survey Tool for utilities is vitally important in today’s environment where new cyber threats continue to emerge. Adoption by the electric sector will further protect critical infrastructure and... provide an invaluable view of the industry’s cybersecurity capabilities.”

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Free Power on the Grid?

July 15, 2012 Added by:Jayson Wylie

Sometimes the wrong people get the code and use it maliciously. It is in the nation’s best interest to keep the power infrastructure safe and keep meters fool proof, but it depends on how effective a tool is to be able to effectively manipulate the technology to an individual’s own financial advantage...

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NIST: Test Framework for Upgrading Smart Electrical Meters

July 13, 2012 Added by:Infosec Island Admin

"Companies will be able to tailor these generic test criteria to their own systems. To make it an effective framework, we made sure that it contains consistent, repeatable tests they can run, producing documentation that contains adequate, accurate information regardless of the individual system..."

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EU-US Workshop on Cyber Security of ICS and Smart Grids

July 12, 2012 Added by:Infosec Island Admin

ICS and the smart grids are two of these priority areas identified by the EU-US WG. In the last decade, these systems have been facing a notable number of incidents, including the manifestation of Stuxnet which raised a lot of concerns and discussions among all the actors involved in the field...

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Smart Grid Security: An Inside View from Patrick C. Miller

May 16, 2012 Added by:Larry Karisny

A March survey revealed that two-thirds energy security professionals think smart-grid projects do not adequately deal with security threats. Larry Karisny interviewed Patrick C. Miller, president and CEO of EnergySec, about the survey and the subject of smart-grid security...

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Smart Grid Security, Challenges and Change

May 08, 2012 Added by:Larry Karisny

The cost and time of trying to become compliant with guidelines and standards will put smart-grid security years off before it can achieve any security solutions. There must be a way out of what people in the security business are now calling the "smart grid security circus"...

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FBI Increasingly Concerned About Smart Meter Hacks

April 10, 2012 Added by:Headlines

"The FBI warns that insiders and individuals with only a moderate level of computer knowledge are likely able to compromise meters with low-cost tools and software readily available on the Internet..."

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What is Aurora and Why is it a Risk to Grid Reliability?

March 29, 2012 Added by:Joe Weiss

Aurora is a gap in the protection of the electric grid. It is a basic physics property - an out-of-phase condition that cannot be seen by the operator and can NOT be addressed by traditional mitigation. The only means to prevent an Aurora event is by physical hardware mitigation...

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Smart Grid Network Security Spending to Reach $14 Billion

March 12, 2012 Added by:Headlines

"Utilities have – as many predicted – realized that their grids are no longer isolated or protected from attackers. Smart grids need intelligence or they are not smart. Adding that intelligence to grids will increase their attack surface and utilities know this..."

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NIST Cybersecurity for Cyber-Physical Systems Workshop

February 14, 2012 Added by:Infosec Island Admin

The NIST ITL Computer Security Division will host a two-day workshop about the cyber security needed for cyber-physical systems (CPSs), with a focus on results of research and real-world deployment experiences...

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Smart Grid Raises the Bar for Disaster Recovery

February 13, 2012 Added by:Brent Huston

Many of the organizations we have talked to simply have not begun the process of adjusting their risk assessments, disaster plans and the like for these types of operational requirements, even as smart grid devices begin to proliferate across the US and global infrastructures...

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Smart-Grid Security Will Force New Ways of Thinking

January 06, 2012 Added by:Larry Karisny

The problem is we can no longer look at IPS and IDS solutions of the past when trying to secure the enormous amount of data now in the grid data. The old way of doing this is just too expensive, too complex, too slow and frankly doesn't get the job done...

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Cyber Defense: Welcome to 2012 and Interesting Times

January 05, 2012 Added by:Cyber Defense Weekly

2011 was the year that state sponsored hacking finally came to national attention with hundreds of articles exposing the continued industrial and military cyber espionage credited to the likes of China and Russia. We can be sure that 2012 will bring more of the same...

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