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I have more than 12 years experience researching and analyzing all aspects of the global electric power industry. I am passionate about finding the best path foward for a secure and sustainable...

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Well, this can’t be good...

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Bob Meinetz on Jun 7, 2021

"Granholm admits adversaries capable of shutting down US power grids"

Oh, really? In the next paragraph, FOX News claims Granholm admitted U.S. adversaries pose a potential threat to U.S. power grids...

Gotta love FOX News - still posting anti-Biden soundbites to try to shore up their flagging viewership!

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Mary Davis on Jun 7, 2021
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Bob Meinetz on Jun 7, 2021

Both sources take the interview out of context. Immediately after "Yes, they do," Granholm corrects herself:

TAPPER: Do you think that adversaries of the United States have the capability right now to shut down the power grid? 

GRANHOLM: Yes, they do. 

I mean, I think that there are very malign actors who are trying. Even as we speak, there are thousands of attacks on all aspects of the energy sector and the private sector generally, I mean, the meat plant, for example.

I know enough about both hacking and the power grid to know there are a lot of smart people at the North American Electrical Reliability Corporation (NERC), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and various regional regulatory agencies who have considered how hackers might disrupt the U.S. power grid, and put substantial safeguards in place.

If adversaries could take down the U.S. power grid right now, they would have done it. That doesn't mean, however, they won't be able to do it tomorrow.

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Audra Drazga on Jun 8, 2021

Thanks for sharing this with the community.  Recent examples of the Colonial Pipeline, JBS food company, and the water facility in Florida are all examples of why we need to be on top of this issue! There are hackers out there who are incredibly intelligent and seem to be one step ahead of us at all times.  Cybersecurity is an ever-moving target.  Our community has recently put a lot of attention on this subject through shared insights and a few PowerSessions that we have hosted:  

Data Diodes 201 Digging into Use Cases

How to Improve Security and Reduce NERC CIP Compliance Costs Using Smart Identification

Data Diodes 101: Protecting the Grid with Hardware

Cybersecurity on the U.S. Power Grid: Software Supply Chain Risks and Mitigations for NERC CIP-010-3


I would love to hear from Utilities as to how Cybersecurity ranks amongst their priorities this year. 

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