Our Friends Electric: Protecting smart grids from cyberattack
Smart grids are being increasingly promoted as a means of making electrical grids more efficient and able to support renewable energy technologies such as wind and solar, in accompaniment with demand reduction and other energy efficiency measures. However, there is widespread concern that smart technology may be vulnerable to cyberattack.
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How realistic is this and what can be done about it?
In order to understand the problem, the first task is to fully understand what is actually going on in the world. For example, utilities serving power grids, water management and other infrastructure have increasingly deployed SCADA systems as a means of making their operations far more efficient, thereby in turn reducing costs.