Smart grids a critical infrastructure risk?

Smart grids a critical infrastructure risk?

Summary: Could connecting cheap wireless devices to the electricity grid open up security holes in our critical infrastructure?

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TOPICS: Emerging Tech
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You can save money and reduce carbon emissions with smart meters that monitor your energy usage and smart grids that manage your electricity consumption.

But could connecting cheap wireless devices to the electricity grid open up security holes in our critical infrastructure?

Security consultant Crispin Harris thinks so and, as he explains in the first Patch Monday podcast for 2010, he's not alone.

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Topic: Emerging Tech

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He studied computing science and linguistics before a wide-ranging media career and a stint at running an IT business. He can write iptables firewall rules, set a rabbit trap, clear a jam in an IBM model 026 card punch and mix a mean whiskey sour.

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  • Smart grids a critical infrastructure risk?

    Absolutely they're a risk!!!

    All sounds like a great idea, put it all on the one piece of cable/ glass, the NBN, then energy companies don't have to manage their own comms ... but no it ain't, the risks are way too high, when was the last time you had to 'ctrl-alt-del' you're home electricity supply or a pilot in a 747 Jumbo said to his/her passangers, 'we're got the blue screen of death, i have to reboot before we climb out of this rapid decent!!!'
    anonymous
  • smart grids

    surely we can get the security right so that smart grids can be enabled??
    anonymous