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Various ways of securing the smart grid

Posted: 13 Jun 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:smart grid? security? remote connectivity?

The smart grid, a significant emerging source of embedded systems, has its own significant critical security requirements. If these issues aren't addressed properly, it will prove difficultif not impossibleto protect individuals and groups from attack.

One obvious concern is financial. Attackers could, for example, manipulate metering information and subvert control commands to redirect consumer power rebates to false accounts. That's just the tip of the iceberg, however. Because smart grids imply the addition of remote connectivityfrom millions of homes to the back-end systems that control power generation and distributionthe ability to impact power delivery has obvious safety ramifications as well. And the potential to affect a large population increases the attractiveness of the smart grid as a target for attack.

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