We Need to Increase Smart Meter Security to Protect Homeowners
- Aug 16, 2021 8:42 pm GMT
Smart meters have become remarkably popular in their relatively short history. Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) installations doubled between 2010 and 2017, with more than half of U.S. electricity customers using them. While these systems can bring substantial improvements to both utilities and customers, several security concerns have emerged.
AMI’s two-way wireless connectivity introduces cybersecurity risks as it expands grid visibility. As cybercrime against critical infrastructure becomes an increasingly prominent threat, the need for better industry security standards grows all the clearer. If the energy industry hopes to capitalize on AMI fully, it’ll need better smart meter security.
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