Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami: Diversify and Secure the Energy Grid

In a recent smart grid summit at the Miami Beach Convention Center, the power went out right in the middle of a smart grid security panel discussion.  I was moderating the discussion between Southern Power, Cisco and Atmel when the lights dimmed and fell back to alternative power.  With top security specialists in the audience […]

Taking the temperature of the Smart Grid

If you ever want to get the most out of a industry convention summit, be a moderator, speaker and audience participant.  I had the opportunity of doing this at the Smart Grid Summit in the Miami Beach Convention Center.  With stranded visitors from the north enjoying highs of 81F in Miami Beach, the summit proved […]

Naperville, Illinois moves forward with Smart Grid initiative

Naperville, Illiinois has moved closer to deploying the Naperville Smart Grid Initiative (NSGI) after selecting Elster and Tropos Networks to provide equipment and software for the project. The goals of the NSGI are to help modernize the electric grid, to improve operational efficiencies and power reliability and to empower Naperville electric customers with more information and […]

Smart Grid Security: threats and challenges in 2011

This is an interview conducted by Larry Karisny with Andy Bochman, Energy Security Lead IBM Software Group/Rational on the challenges and complexities in today’s smart grid security. (1) There was a recent article in SearchSecurity titled IBM predicts rising mobile threats, critical infrastructure attacks in 2011. Are you sharing the same feelings of when, not […]

Detailed discussion of Smart Grid security with Bob Lockhart of Pike Research

This is an interview with Bob Lockhart, industry analyst at Pike Research, about smart grid security. In this interview, I delve deeper into the challenges facing utility companies to secure the smart grid. * * * * * * Q: Is there a reason you decided to focus just on security in a separate study? A: […]