Utilities


  • FERC Finalizes Cybersecurity Standards for Grid Supply Chain

    October 18, 2018

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved new mandatory reliability standards Thursday to deal with cybersecurity risks to the supply chain management for the U.S. bulk electric system. FERC’s final rule approves standards proposed by the North American Electric Reliability Corp. These critical infrastructure protection (CIP-013-1) standards deal with supply chain risk management for industrial control system ...

  • In County Crippled by Hurricane, Water Utility Targeted in Ransomware Attack

    October 15, 2018

    The Emotet Trojan is behind a crippling ransomware attack that hit the Onslow Water and Sewer Authority. A “critical water utility” has been targeted in a recent ransomware attack, significantly impeding its ability to provide service in the week after Hurricane Florence hit the East Coast of the U.S. The Onslow Water and Sewer Authority (ONWASA) said ...

  • The UK is practicing cyberattacks that could black out Moscow

    October 7, 2018

    British defense officials say they have practiced cyber war games that could shut off electricity in Russia’s capital, the Sunday Times (paywall) reports. The measures are part of a wider range of strategies to hit back at an increasingly assertive Russia—accused of interfering with US elections, cyberattacks on Western targets, and poisoning a former spy on UK soil—without resorting ...

  • DOE Invests $28 Million to Advance Cybersecurity of U.S. Energy Infrastructure

    October 3, 2018

    The U.S. Department of Energy this week announced awards of up to US$28 million to support the research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) of next-generation tools and technologies to improve the cybersecurity and resilience of the nation’s critical energy infrastructure, including the electric grid and oil and natural gas infrastructure. With funding provided by the Office of ...