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Cyberattacks seen as top threat to zap U.S. power grid




Cyberattacks seen as top threat to zap U.S. power grid
Cyberattacks seen as top threat to zap U.S. power grid



http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/060210-nerc-cyberattack-power-grid.html 

By Ellen Messmer
Network World
June 02, 2010 

Cyber attacks, pandemics and electromagnetic disturbances are the three 
top "high impact" risks to the U.S. and Canadian power-generation grids, 
according to a report from the North American Electric Reliability Corp. 
(NERC).

"The specific concern with respect to these threats is the targeting of 
multiple key nodes in the system, if damaged, destroyed or interrupted 
in a coordinated fashion, could bring the system outside the protection 
provided by traditional planning and operating criteria," states the 
report, "High-Impact, Low-Frequency Risk to the North American Bulk 
Power System."

The contents of the 118-page report are largely the result of 
closed-door discussions held since November by NERC (which plays a key 
role in setting security standards for the U.S. power grid), power 
providers and U.S. government officials.

The report, which calls for better coordination between U.S. power-grid 
providers and the government, sets the stage for what may be new 
guidelines and processes required to combat the major threats 
identified, according to NERC officials.

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