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Building a Smarter Smart Grid: Counteracting Cyber-threats in Energy Distribution
Published on 05/30/2017 | Technology
Energy providers have arrived at a new frontier. Behind them lies the existing energy delivery infrastructure, some 70% of which is more than 30 years old, making it stress prone, labor intensive, and environmentally risky. Ahead lies the promise and potential of the smart grid, the path to more ef cient, less costly, cleaner, and safer energy distribution. This new path poses a dual challenge: to retro t and modernize the existing grid and to design tomorrow’s energy grid with even more built-in intelligence, communication, and the exibility to adapt to the future—all at an acceptable cost and without undue complexity.
Technology exists today to help providers meet these challenges. Unfortunately, the com- plexity and sheer number of smart devices required to connect seamlessly and provide the intelligence that makes the grid smarter also make energy systems vulnerable to sabotage by hackers and malware. Energy systems operators, engineers, regulators, and nanciers are acutely aware that the modernization of the grid and incorporation of clean technolo- gies cannot move forward without a comprehensive and effective approach to security.
As a leading provider of secure embedded technology solutions to the energy industry, Wind River® is actively engaged with energy production and distribution operators world- wide to help meet these critical challenges. This paper explores the technology products and practices that are being deployed to address vulnerabilities in a more interconnected energy grid. It also sets forth a six-point process for enhancing security in devices and applications on which the delivery of energy is increasingly reliant.
You can read and download the full report on Wind River here