Europe makes smart grid security recommendations
July 20, 2012 // Anne-Françoise PELE
The European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) has published a report that makes ten recommendations to the public sector involved in the definition and implementation of smart grids.
However, the communication infrastructures are not the only source of vulnerabilities, the report indicated. Software and hardware used for building the smart grid infrastructure are at risk of being tampered with even before they are linked together. Rogue code, including the so-called logic bombs which cause sudden malfunctions, can be inserted into software while it is being developed. As for hardware, remotely operated kill switches and hidden backdoors can be written into the computer chips used by the smart grid and allowing outside actors to manipulate the systems.
Our study shows that the two separate worlds of the energy sector versus the IT security sector must be aligned on security for smart grids," stated Professor Udo Helmbrecht, executive director of ENISA. "We estimate that without taking cyber security into serious consideration, smart grids may evolve in an uncoordinated manner. I would therefore suggest that smart grids security be made part of the EUs forthcoming Internet Security Strategy.
In its latest report, ENISA said it has identified risks and challenges linked to cyber security aspects of smart grids. It also outlines European initiatives on standardization, knowledge sharing, certification, training, pilots, and other activities addressing cyber security in the smart grids.All news
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