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Welcome to the Intelligent Utility Network roundup, Digital Digest. As always, your fellow network members are paying close attention to digital utility and mobile workforce trends and sharing their insights. This month’s selection includes four items from Energy Central’s Cybersecurity 2022 special issue. Be sure to like and comment on your favorite posts. Happy reading!


Interoperability: Necessary Strategy for Protecting Critical Control Systems From Cyber Attacks

Ronald Indeck

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Cybersecurity is increasingly important, given the rise in attacks on critical infrastructure. In this post, Ronald Indeck, CEO at Q-Net Security explains that existing solutions may not be capable of protecting all devices and networks, including state-of-the-art and legacy systems. He describes an alternative, hardware-based solutions (HardSec), which can work with all devices, work seamlessly within existing networks, and enable operators to securely use public networks.


Four Cybersecurity Challenges for Offshore Wind

Gian Schelling

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Like other infrastructure components, offshore wind generation systems are susceptible to cyberattacks. In this piece, new Energy Central member Gian Schelling, Business Development Manager at Renewables Hitachi Energy describes four specific challenges that operators must address: keeping pace with emerging technologies, integrating industry frameworks and standards, aligning cybersecurity culture, and complying with the web of regulation.


Shields Up: Time to Double-check Security Practices

Sushma Annareddy

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In this article, new Energy Central member Sushma Annareddy, Chief Technology Officer at Franklin Energy describes the best practices the utility has used to ensure that increased customer convenience is balanced with strict attention to cybersecurity. Sushma shares some of these practices, including viewing security as a journey rather than as a destination, using the right cybersecurity practices, and shifting from cybersecurity to cyber resilience.


Private Broadband To Support a Cyber-secure Grid

Carlos L’Abbate

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Many factors, including aging infrastructure, contribute to the vulnerability of electrical power systems to cyberattacks. Here, new Energy Central member Carlos L’Abbate, Chief Technology & Engineering Officer at Anterix warns that doing nothing is no longer an option and recommends an approach based on modernizing wireless communication networks, adopting private LTE, benefiting from the private LTE and 5G marketplace, separating networks used for mission-critical grid communications, and applying physical security standards to private communications networks.


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