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The MIT Report on the Electric Grid: Control Systems Were Not Adequately Addressed

MIT issued the report, "The Future of the Electric Grid – An Interdisciplinary MIT Study." Chapter 9 is "Data Communications, Cybersecurity, and Information Privacy." According to the report, the U.S. should implement standards to reduce the risk of cyber attacks on the electricity grid and should designate one agency responsible...

We don't got to show you no steenkin' critical assets!

[img_assist|nid=2886|title=US Power Plants|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=480|height=310]It makes you wonder, doesn't it, how the electric utilities can have so few critical assets. I would think that most of those big splotches of red in the Southeastern United States where there are so many power plants that the resolution of the map can't show...

The Man from FERC Speaks

This morning, an interview with Jon Wellinghoff, the new chairman of FERC appears in Salon magazine, The man has big plans.  Making them happen is a whole 'nother thing.

Who's in charge of nuclear power? Maybe nobody...

Over on Unfettered, Joe Weiss just stunned me with a post about the Turkey Point incident in Florida this week. In his post, Joe tells us that while the NRC is in charge of nuclear plants, and FERC and NERC are in charge of the grid, NOBODY is ...

When everybody is in charge, nobody is in charge

This week’s Florida power outage and resultant shutdown of the two Turkey Point nuclear plants raises a very important issue that the government needs to address. Firstly, the protection systems at Turkey Point appeared to work as designed to protect the units from an outside disturbance (this was not a...

Joe Weiss on the FERC "approval" of the NERC CIPs

Over on "Unfettered" Joe Weiss reports that FERC has played Solomon with the NERC CIPs and the recommendations from people like the SP99 committee. Solomon, you will recall, determined who the mother of a baby was by threatening to cut it in half.

FERC plays Solomon with the NERC CIPs

The NERC critical infrastructure protection (CIP) reliability standards to protect the nation's bulk power system against potential cyber security impacts have drawn passionate partisans-those who believe they are sufficient (NERC and the utilities); and those that believe they are not adequate (Congress, control system experts, cyber security experts, etc).

Control systems are isolated, not…

How isolated are control system networks? There is a prevailing view by many that corporate firewalls and DMZ's provide adequate screening and protection to minimize "hits" on control system networks. Consequently, there is an expectation that control system firewalls (if they even exist) will see very little traffic.

Rah, rah, FERC!

Regarding the FERC Letter on Aurora and industry misstatements