Cybersecurity 2020: A System Operator Training Perspective
- Apr 27, 2020 1:27 pm GMT
This item is part of the Special Issue - 2020-04 - Cybersecurity, click here for more
Our electric system is undergoing a dramatic transformation resulting in countless challenges in planning, operations, and maintenance. The complexity and challenges of operating the grid continues to test our systems as well as the performance of our system operators.
Among the many changes, roles, and responsibilities our system operators must deal with to reliably operate an efficient and increasingly complicated distribution system, cybersecurity concerns have worked their way to the top of the list.
The recent cyber attacks on the Ukraine electric system add to the ever-growing list of cybersecurity concerns of system operations and the technology currently being applied to these systems. These attacks demonstrate the vulnerability of our essential public systems, including power and water utilities, transportation systems, and communications networks. Power grids are an obvious target for bad actors who want to negatively impact many people, especially in a world grown dependent on a vast array of electronic gadgets.
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