Enhance cybersecurity awareness and survivability for DoD, industry partners, and academia in the face of the ever-increasing threat of cyber attacks. Cybersecurity (CS) includes managing risks related to the use, processing, storage, and transmission of information and the systems and processes used for those purposes, including analog and physical form. CS includes information availability, identification and authentication, confidentiality, integrity, and non-repudiation as well as the economic considerations with respect to selection of CS techniques, CS processes, and industry trends.
An Unprecedented Cyberattack Hit US Power Utilities
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Ever think about how your utilities, namely your electricity are secured in terms of system security? Hackers are interfering with utility companies’ firewalls. Firewalls in a utility company environment are designed to block malicious or unwanted web traffic from spilling into power companies’ sensitive control networks. Though no physical power outages have occurred/there was no impact on generation, temporary blind spots have been exposed.
According to the article, “Large power utilities are required to check for and apply fixes to sensitive grid software that could offer an entry point for hackers. NERC (North American Electric Reliability Corp) declined comment on whether a previous incident that occurred in March would lead to any enforcement actions, though the nonprofit has levied multimillion-dollar cybersecurity fines against power companies in the recent past. Late last month, NERC announced it had reached a $2.1 million penalty settlement with an unnamed utility — also based out West — over a spate of cybersecurity violations dating back to 2009. Fines for breaking critical infrastructure protection rules are reported to FERC for final approval.”
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