Utilities Under Attack
- Sep 23, 2020 11:21 pm GMT
The Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER) leads the DOE’s emergency preparedness and response to disruptions to the energy sector, from physical attacks, cyber-attacks, natural disasters, and man-made events. This year it seems utilities will suffer from... all of the above. Multiple hurricanes and tropical storms are causing flooding, downed power lines and power outages across some 500 miles off the Gulf Coast, from Texas to New Orleans. Five storms have already hit the Gulf and there are more to come. Utilities are responding to wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington states, issuing warnings and preemptively cutting power to customers in high-risk areas. As crews rush out to restore power in impacted areas, they must protect themselves from joining the rising number of confirmed COVID cases across the country. Last but not least, the U.S. utility sector records millions of attempted cyber intrusions a day.
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