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Cybersecurity & Privacy

Data Insecurities

Power Quality Standards

Electric utility executives experience a number of headaches when it comes to data. Forbes reports that electric utilities possess 194 petabytes (that is, one million gigabytes) of data—as of 2009. Now, utility execs are searching for new methods and solutions to manage this incoming flux of data. However, data management is only one part of the problem. Data security is another matter altogether. Read more

Cybersecurity & Privacy

Geomagnetic Disturbances: A Danger to the Power Grid


In 1989, the Québec grid collapsed as equipment protection relays tripped in a cascading sequence of events. Six million consumers were left without power for up to nine hours. The cause of this major outage was a geomagnetic disturbance (GMD). Read more

Cybersecurity & Privacy

Deterrence Drives Next Gen Security


Theft, destruction, disablement, vandalism, and terrorism: any of the aforementioned words receive the attention of organizations with susceptible critical assets. Physical security and its costs, benefits, and risks are becoming more important as each day passes. Important, not only from a safety and security point of view, but also from the perspective of its value to operations, strategy, and even the overall bottom line. Read more

Cybersecurity & Privacy

Smart Grid Privacy

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U.S. government announces new voluntary guidelines to address public concerns

BY PHILL FELTHAM, Editor-in-Chief
Electricity Today Magazine

Smart Grid equals innovation to many utilities and their customers, but not everyone shares that sentiment. In fact, many customers and media outlets perceive the Smart Grid as a way for utilities and third parties to invade their privacy (the negative publicity toward smart meters is one great example).

Luckily, governments in both Canada and the United States are listening and are actively introducing legislation for regulation on a variety of Smart Grid technologies. Twenty-one U.S. states are considering at least 61 enacted or pending bills to encourage innovation, to regulate emerging technologies, and to protect consumer interests and concerns. Read more

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