Securing the Smart Grid

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IBM, Capgemini, American Electric Power, Telcordia Technologies

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The ongoing transformation of the electric grid towards a networked infrastructure introduces additional system security issues. Whether labeled a Smart Grid program, or the inevitable modernization of existing infrastructure, added layers of security standards, controls, policies, and procedures are necessary to keep control of power generation and keep transmission and distribution equipment free from growing unreliability issues and malicious acts. Terrorism, disgruntled employees, inadvertent errors, Internet pranksters or international cyber warfare can sabotage and destroy expensive equipment endangering lives across wide geographies. Security and risk management must be addressed as a high priority in smart grid projects. This session will discuss how utilities are addressing the issue of security threats and vulnerabilities in the smart grid, focusing on real-world implementations, strategies, and lessons learned to date

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