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[ISN] Security 'chaos' leaves utility grids vulnerable, report says
By William Jackson
Nov 15, 2011
An aging infrastructure, a lack of standards and inadequate spending
have left the security of critical global utility grids in a âstate of
near chaos,â according to a recent white paper from Pike Research. In
one example, it shows how a $60 smart-phone app could enable an attack.
âThe attackers clearly have the upper hand,â says the paper on "Utility
Increased awareness of and spending on control system security provides
one bright spot in the picture, as utility systems, and particularly
power grids, are becoming increasingly automated and networked.
Although the report describes cybersecurity of utilities a global
problem, it points out that there is no single global infrastructure.
Regional differences in the technologies deployed will define attack
surfaces, threats and trends that are specific to each region and will
continue to define regional investments in security.
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