Traditional network security risk management techniques are often inadequate to meet the specialized needs of enterprises' control systems. The good news is that a host of free resources exists to cover this important field of security, risk management, compliance and operational continuity.
The U.S. power grid is in the process of an enormous transformation into a smart grid
September 1, 2014
According to Security Implications of the Smart Grid, a report from Marie Wright, PhD, of Western Connecticut State University, and Robert Billings, Jr., B.A., of Billings Electric, the shift to a smart grid infrastructure means that power companies will be using more IP-based communications and commercial, off-the-shelf technologies.
The number of electrical outages affecting 50,000 or more people for at least an hour doubled during the decade up to 2012. Most of the blackouts were caused by damage to large transmission lines and substations during extreme weather events, a new analysis from nonprofit Climate Central says. Michigan has the most outages, followed by Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
In the latest development since the targeted attack on a southern California Pacific Gas & Electric Co. substation last April, PG&E is offering a $250,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the attack.
The reality of living without computers, mobile phones and entertainment systems, and managing a transport system thrown into chaos by an absence of traffic lights, trains and subways, may become increasingly common, according to a new academic study.
Not all employees are saboteurs or malicious actors, but without education, unwitting employees could cause just as much damage as a targeted data theft in the long run. Read how to prevent this in the August 2015 issue of Security. Also read how building stronger relationships with local and national law enforcement can aid in school security awareness and response, learn about the dangers of continuing to use old credit card terminals, and see the ASIS International 2015 product review.