November 2011

Cyber-Security Threat To Nation's Energy Grid

Major vulnerabilities exist in the nation's energy grid, creating a target-rich environment for hackers and malicious nations.

When there’s a major weather event in any part of the country, a portion of the power grid inevitably goes dark; sometimes for hours, sometimes for days. Most people in the U.S. can identify with this, always knowing that the power is coming back. However, as our power grid and energy plants are going increasingly toward networked automation, security analysts are becoming worried about a fatal shutdown of our national power grid. No weather, no warning, just a sophisticated hacker attack that shuts everything done with an Armageddon-like aftermath.