Securing smart grid and advanced metering infrastructure

 During the recent years, there have been two cyber-attacks on power plants in Ukraine, which for the first time in the history succeeded to disrupted and cut power in a country.

 An analysis of the events in Ukraine indicates that in order for a cyber-attack to materialize, three conditions must exist: opportunity, ability, and motivation.

We should embrace cyber security initiatives as we embrace innovation and new technologies, the evolution of techniques and technologies used by attackers is a wakeup call to the regulator, leading power companies, and vendors to add cyber defense as safety, reliability and productivity in order to minimize the ability and opportunity of the cyber attack as an act of war.

Making those systems safe and secure is not an easy task.


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The Software-Defined Power Grid Is Here

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    Our 100-year-old power system wasn’t intended to handle power generators that produce electricity only when the sun is shining or the wind is blowing. Such intermittency can cause the grid’s voltage and frequency to fluctuate and spike dangerously when power generation isn’t balanced with demand throughout the network. Traditional grids also weren’t designed to handle energy flowing in two directions, with hundreds or thousands of small generators like rooftop solar panels attached to the network.

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Demystifying and De-Jargoning the Smart Grid

    Julkaistu 29.1.2010
    January 13, 2010 – Efran Ibrahim, Technical Executive at the Electric Power Research Institute, engages the rapidly evolving discussion around the Smart Grid by separating core issues involved in system development and implementation from abundant hype and speculation, a perspective based on his experience with EPRI’s seminal Intelligrid program.


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