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.
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.
China initiated an ambitious project in 2015: creating a global electric grid. New research assesses where the project stands and its national security ramifications for the rest of the world.
Remote and urban areas provide individuals—or groups—multiple vantage points for attacks and several escape routes. New technology solutions, however, can help.
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Engineering firm PAE relies on Axis multisensor cameras to monitor surrounding streets and interior hallways of its sustainable Portland headquarters.
Global governments have pledged to triple their renewable energy capacity by 2030. But four challenges may disrupt their efforts.