Digital Digest: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Intelligent Utility Network – September 17, 2021

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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 information about reliable mobile technology for field personnel, the use of intelligent sensors, and more. Be sure to like and comment on your favorite posts. Happy reading!


This is the perfect ransomware victim, according to cybercriminals

Richard Brooks

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One of the bigger concerns of the increasing digital grid is the potential for cyber attacks, and Richard Brooks highlights the potential target the energy sector as a whole may very well have on its back with this shared link highlighting what makes a good cyber victim. Utility executives reading this article will hopefully (if they haven't already) see their potential vulnerability and use it as motivation to share up their digital and cyber security teams. 

What is VEX A) What reading this blog does to me, or B) A new advisory format that's just as important as SBOMs?

Tom Alrich

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Given those cybersecurity concerns, a lot of thought leaders are rightly asking: what do we do about it? Seeking to promote more tools and solutions, Tom Alrich shares this overview of the Vulnerability Exploitability eXchange, or VEX, which is one of the newer programmatic tools seeking to shore up and secure the supply chain of software that helps drive the utility sector. If you haven't come across the term VEX, this article from Tom will serve as a terrific starting point. 


Modernizing Grids and Updating Sensor Arrays

Julian Jackson

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The reason we're dealing with these cyber concerns is because of all of the digital tools being added to the ecosystem of the utility operations, but those new opportunities offer tremendous value as well. This article by Julian Jackson highlights the ways in which grid operators are looking to modernize their grids to deal with the evolutions of distributed energy, bi-directional energy flow, and the like, and how intelligent sensor arrays are one of the key tools allowing this to happen. 



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