Grid Operators Need a Revised Cybersecurity Strategy in the IoT Era

In an article for Euractiv, Navigant Research examines cybersecurity threats that utilities and other enterprises deploying IoT technologies face

Cybersecurity threats invade the minds of electricity grid managers on a constant basis, and for good reason, wrote Neil Strother, principal research analyst with Navigant Research, in an article for Euractiv.

2018 appears to be another challenging year for those preventing cyber attacks. Experts warn that state-sponsored attacks are likely to increase, and attacks against Internet of Things (IoT) devices will worsen.

According to the article, with more devices, like smart meters and solar PV systems, being installed and linked to energy grids, cybersecurity threats show no signs of lessening. These devices, part of the IoT megatrend, provide bad actors with more vectors — or surfaces, as experts like to call them — from which to launch an attack.

“However, the danger does not have to come from newer connected or smart IoT devices,” Strother wrote.

Despite a grim outlook, energy grid managers can and should adopt a robust strategy to protect their assets. In the article, Strother suggests implementing a multi-tiered approach and moving toward more proactive tools and processes to counter threats.

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