Author Archives: Constance Douris, M.A.

Alarmed Allies Prepare to Defend Against North Korea’s Missiles (From RealClearDefense) North Korea’s repeated nuclear and missile tests have caused panic in the region. Japan is frightened because the ballistic missiles are flying over its territory. In addition, North Korea has threatened retaliation in response to military drills, stating that the [Read More...]
Utilities Will Spend Billions on Cybersecurity As Threat Grows The National Institute of Standards and Technology released a report in May identifying products available to enhance the electric grid’s cybersecurity. New technologies employed onto the grid are multiplying the number of access points for cyber threats. At present, consistent [Read More...]
California Presses Grid Operators To Substitute Non-Traditional Sources For New Investment (From Forbes) California’s ambitious environmental policy goals could be easier to achieve with an emerging concept called distributed energy resources. These are small power sources that can be integrated with the electric grid to help meet electricity demand. Examples of distributed resources [Read More...]
Cyber Threat Data Sharing Needs Refinement EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Click here to download the full study as a PDF.  Technologies are being interconnected and integrated onto the nation’s electric grid to decrease weaknesses. However, these physical and computerized elements multiply the number of access points for cyber [Read More...]
Balancing Smart Grid Data and Consumer Privacy EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Click here to download the full study as a PDF Technologies on the electric grid allow for two-way communication and the transfer of data between utilities and customers. Information from the grid enables customers to decrease electricity costs [Read More...]
Electricity Delivery Is An Open Target For Cyber Threats (From The National Interest) The electric grid often utilizes industrial control systems to automate generation, transmission and distribution. As utilities adopt digital technologies to keep up with electricity demand and consumption, cyber attack vulnerabilities increase and new entry points emerge. Many public utilities commissions [Read More...]
Danger! Virus Discovered That Targets America’s Electrical Grid (From The National Interest) Two security firms, ESET and Dragos, released reports about the discovery of a virus that aims to damage equipment on any nation’s electric grid. The virus is called Industroyer, also known as “Crash Override,” and targets computers that control [Read More...]
Wanted: Federal Legislation To Access Electricity Data & Protect Grid From Cyber Threats There are many state rules and regulations governing electricity usage data access and cybersecurity for the electric grid. Congress should play a more proactive role on these issues by passing legislation that allows for some uniformity across the nation to [Read More...]
Balancing Access to Electricity Data and Privacy Concerns Digital technology is deployed on the electric grid to make it “smarter,” allowing two-way communication and the transferring of data. This information enables customers to manage electricity costs, makes the grid more reliable, and provides third party providers with the [Read More...]
Utilities Should Sell Customer Electricity Data Digital technology is deployed on the electric grid to make it “smarter,” allowing two-way communication and the transferring of data. This enables customers to manage electricity costs and make the grid more reliable. Since new data is collected from sensors [Read More...]
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