What electric utilities can learn from the Vermont hacking scare
robert walton | utility dive | 10 january 2017
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Burlington Electric probably wasn't hacked by the Russians, and the grid was never at risk.
But when the overblown story broke last month — the result of an investigation leak and erroneous reporting by the Washington Post — it didn't surprise many people. An electric utility being hacked is a growing concern for an industry that has traditionally viewed itself more about physical assets than encrypted web pages.
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Hacking attempts are becoming more common, and the rollout of new technologies onto the grid has created vulnerabilities. A new report from PA Consulting, for instance, finds smart meters "represent one of the most acute cyber attack vectors to distribution networks," and warned early adopters may be most at-risk of a cyber breach.
"It is clear that energy companies and utilities will continue to become increasingly susceptible to these cyber threats," the consulting firm concluded.