Why blackouts are so common in Afghanistan

Early this month, Afghanistan’s electricity sector took three major hits after blasts crippled transmission towers in Kabul’s Chimtala area and Charikar city in Parwan province. The next day in Charikar, explosives detonated at the site killed one official and injured Read More …

Trump bans acquisition of foreign power grid equipment, citing hacking threats

President Donald Trump signed today an executive order barring US power grid entities from buying and installing electrical equipment that has been manufactured outside the US. Trump said that “foreign adversaries are increasingly creating and exploiting vulnerabilities in the United States bulk-power Read More …

Coronavirus: Plans put in place to ensure electricity supply is maintained during outbreak

The plans being implemented by the electricity distributor SP Energy Networks also introduce special measures to protect supply for critical national infrastructure and public service sites; including hospitals, nursing homes, food supply chain businesses, Ministry of Defence sites and prisons. Read More …

US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA): Guidance On The Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce

As the Nation comes together to slow the spread of COVID-19, on March 16th the President issued updated Coronavirus Guidance for America that highlighted the importance of the critical infrastructure workforce. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) executes the Secretary Read More …

NERC CIP compliance in Azure

When I did my first North American Electric Reliability Corporation—Critical Infrastructure Protection (NERC CIP) compliance project it was 2009. NERC CIP was at version 3. It was the first mandatory cybersecurity standard that the utility I was working for had Read More …

Estonia’s Elering joins ENCS to bolster EU cybersecurity

Estonia’s national Transmission System Operator (TSO) for electricity and natural gas, Elering, has become the latest member of the European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS) to strengthen the energy sector’s cyber defences. Elering is responsible for the functioning of the Read More …

The energy industry practices for a ‘black swan’ cyberattack that could take down the grid

More than 6,500 government officials and big players in the energy sector came together this week to conduct a simulated cyberattack on the electrical grid. The event is called GridEx, and takes place every two years. It imagines the U.S. Read More …

Hawaii chosen to test energy grid against cyber security threats

What would happen if a cyber and/or physical attack knocked out Hawaii’s electric grid? A remote exercise conducted by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation will simulate that scenario on Hawaii’s electric grid, testing where the state’s strength and weaknesses lie in Read More …