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February 2024

Girding the Grid

Fire and natural disasters. Nation-state-sponsored cyberattacks. Critical vulnerabilities in industrial control systems. Infrastructure mapping by adversaries. Physical assaults by extremists and common criminals. These constitute just a few of the attacks on, threats to, and security issues pertaining to protecting the energy grid in the United States and beyond.

The electric power infrastructure faces a greater diversity and sophistication of threats than ever. But there are promising developments in the security industry that could mitigate them.

The Internet of Things and Increasing Threats to the Electric Grid

Increased connectivity also increases the electric grid’s attack surface, exposing infrastructure to new vulnerabilities that cybercriminals can exploit. Once exploited, threat actors can hijack these devices to manipulate energy flows, disrupt communication networks, and cause a loss of view.