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 …

Militants cut electricity supply to Kabul, several other provinces by destroying power pylons

The Taliban militants destroyed three power pylons in Baghlan province, cutting electricity supply to several provinces including Kabul. Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat, the State-run power company said in a statement that the militants destroyed the power pylons in in Balak Read More …

Cyber-security incident at US power grid entity linked to unpatched firewalls

A cyber-security incident that impacted a US power grid entity earlier this year was not as dangerous as initially thought, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) said last week. In a report highlighting the “lessons learned” from a past Read More …

FERC, NERC propose to publicly identify utilities violating cybersecurity standards

Safeguarding the U.S. power grid against a potential cyberattack remains a high priority for regulators and utilities alike. While there has been no loss of load in North America from a cyberattack, the threat is at an all-time high, according to Read More …

ACSC helps power energy sector’s cybersecurity capabilities

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has plugged into energy sector organisations and government agencies to help power their cybersecurity capabilities. The nationwide program — which started in November 2018 – aims to improve the energy industry’s cyber threat resilience and responses. Read More …

AMEO ‘concerned’ about nation-state attacks on power grids

“For the energy sectors and critical infrastructure sectors, particularly around electricity, we are concerned about nation-state actors,” says Tim Daly, chief security officer (CSO) for the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO). “Nation-states are looking to have capability and implants that Read More …

How Threat Intelligence Helps the Energy Sector Fight Cyberespionage

When it comes to cyber threats, some industries have it harder than others. Few are as heavily targeted by sophisticated cyberattacks as the energy sector. Over the last decade, state-sponsored hacking groups have routinely targeted utility networks and other energy providers for Read More …