Dealing with cyberthreats; utilities’ staffing falls short

cyberBy Martin Rosenberg | EnergyBiz

Utilities are increasingly aware of the cyberthreats that are facing them, but they are not adequately staffed to address mounting threats, according to Doug Westlund, the chief executive officer of N-Dimension Solutions. Cyberthreats and other disruptive challenges confronting utilities will be the focus of the EnergyBiz Securing Power Forum in Washington March 3-4.

ENERGYBIZ: Is cybersecurity a growing threat for utilities?

Westlund: The problem has always been there. But it is being amplified and propagated through a number of drivers. One is smart grid. Smart grid means more interconnection. More interconnection means an increased attack surface. In addition, this industry is an attractive target. Easy-to-obtain and easy-to-use powerful hacking tips and scripts have been developed.


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