THE 2013 FIX
A Free Special Industry Report
Smart Grid Today's special report with critical insights on digitized distribution assets – plus a 9-point action plan to begin addressing ‘the weakest link' in US grid cybersecurity – is available for immediate, free download at the bottom of this page.
As the US power grid undergoes a revolutionary transition to the smart grid, distribution-side cybersecurity is emerging as a critical issue.
Distribution is a “very far-flung network” compared with transmission lines and “there are a variety of sensors and tools in residential neighborhoods that are relatively easy to climb up onto a pole to access,” Gib Sorebo, chief cybersecurity technologist at Science Applications International Corp (SAIC), told Smart Grid Today -- the leading independent news journal of the smart grid industry. “And as a result, we see the potential for greater risk.”
Utility preparedness for such an attack is dated and the distribution side could be seen as going “naked” or “bare,” healthcare industry parlance for when people forgo insurance.
Fragmented collaboration between the federal and state regulators and utilities on cybersecurity for the distribution side of the power grid is mostly to blame and does not match up with the seriousness of the threat.
“What we would like to see is a coordinated effort on the federal level so that there is direction for the states and direction for the utilities and for the industries.”
It is time to elevate and quicken the dialogue and action on distribution-side cybersecurity -- a matter that the smart grid industry need not wait for a catastrophe to address.
“What concerns us most is, we don't want to come across as reactive when it comes to cybersecurity. We don't want to wait for a cyberattack to happen to then open a proceeding to say, 'We should be doing this.' We want our commission to be proactive about it, but I think we will.”
-- Marzia Zafar, director of the Policy & Planning Division at the California PUC
Smart Grid Today's "THE 2013 FIX" exclusive industry report sounds the alarm and provides an immediate, nine-point action plan to begin understanding and controlling digitized distribution assets, that experts have called the “weakest link” in US grid cybersecurity.
Sources for "The 2013 Fix" included: General Michael Hayden, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the National Security Agency (NSA); Indiana Utility Regulatory Commissioner Carolene Mays; Curt Hébert, a former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) chairman and a former state regulator in Mississippi; Gib Sorebo, chief cybersecurity technologist at Science Applications International Corp (SAIC); Marzia Zafar, director of the Policy & Planning Division at the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC); Christopher Villarreal, a senior regulatory analyst at the California PUC, and Andy Ozment, senior director for cybersecurity on the National Security Staff at the White House.
“We don't have that person out there who's providing the use case on the reasonableness of cybersecurity expenditures for utilities. [Until that happens,] utilities may not get the requested funding levels.”
“THE 2013 FIX” features concrete ideas for improving the landscape, such as a “business-case” approach replacing a “compliance-based” approach to cybersecurity, as well as the solidification of policies and incentives.
It also clearly explains the complex backstory of distribution-side cybersecurity: How did we get here? Why are we only this far? What laws are at play? What new laws are needed? Who is so far taking action? Who is playing the game of hot potato?
Download your free copy of “THE 2013 FIX” now. Enter your information below and the report will be emailed to you as a PDF file or call +1-301-769-6804 (888-471-4447 toll-free in the US and Canada).
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This 19-page report combines exclusive interviews and webinar commentary from some of the leading cybersecurity experts in the US -- including a 9-point action plan to begin protecting the distribution side of the grid, that experts have called the “weakest link” in US grid cybersecurity. Enter your information below and the report will be emailed to you as a PDF file or call +1-301-769-6804 (888-471-4447 toll-free in the US and Canada).