Utilities Prepare for Increased Cyberattacks on the Electric Grid

Secure Transportation and Executive Protection News for Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

In Cyber Security News

From Bloomberg Environment News

Utilities Prepare for Increased Cyberattacks on the Electric Grid

More electric utilities and energy companies are turning to cybersecurity vendors for protection against attempted attacks, a growing threat highlighted by the recent disclosure of Russian hacking into their communications networks last year.

The U.S. utility sector faces millions of attempted cyber intrusions a day. Duke Energy, one of the largest power companies in the nation serving 7.6 million customers reported more than 650 million attempted cyber attacks in 2017 alone. While a cyber attack hasn’t successfully shut down the U.S. power grid, the threat is real.

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In Security News

From Reuters News

An apparent attack in Venezuela highlights the risk of drone strikes

Wherever the investigation leads, Maduro’s allegations raised the specter of unmanned aerial vehicles being used by militant groups or others to launch bombing, chemical or biological attacks, a tactic that has long worried security experts.

Militant groups such as Islamic State have used drones to carry out attacks by dropping grenades or crashing into infrastructure.

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