Utility Cyber Security Trends

Monday, February 13, 2012 @ 12:02 PM gHale

Utility cyber security is in a state of near chaos. After years of vendors selling point solutions, utilities investing in compliance minimums rather than full security, and attackers having nearly free rein, the attackers clearly have the upper hand. Many attacks simply cannot be defended. Pike Research has observed a dawning awareness by utilities and vendors during the past 18 months of the importance of securing smart grids with architecturally sound solutions. There is hope.

However, cyber security solutions remain challenging to implement, especially as attackers gain awareness of the holes between point solutions. Security vendors have finally found time to focus on industrial control system (ICS) security, not only advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) security – although a few security vendors have focused on ICS from the outset. The utility cyber security market will be characterized by a frantic race to gain the upper hand against the attackers, while at the same time strong competitors attempt to outdo each other.

This paper looks at seven key trends in smart grid cyber security.

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