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The Rest of the Story: There’s Substantial Work and Progress on the Cyber Front Lines

By Prudence Parks, Utilities Telecom Council (UTC) Every day I dread reading the trade press. Because every day there seems to be another report of a cybersecurity breach or recently discovered vulnerability. Each report hammers home the increased role of information and communication technology in our everyday lives and in providing the essential public services […]

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Getting Older – A Sean Sherman Guest Blog

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Prognosis – As I sit in the doctor’s office I want to ponder anything but my health.  That’s easy to do, my mind is in a rut right now.  I am always trying to figure out why we keep making stupid cybersecurity mistakes, installing equipment without testing or reading the manuals, taking short cuts with […]

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Identity and Access Management and NERC CIP Compliance – So, What’s the Problem? Part 1 of 2

By Steve Hamburg, Encari Plain and simple: You cannot formulate an effective solution if you do not possess a sufficiently comprehensive understanding of the problem.  Version 3 of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Reliability Standards poses many identity and access management challenges for electric utilities, municipalities, and cooperatives.  This […]

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Mike Assante’s 2013 Call to Arms Guest Post

The coming year will demonstrate more progress as utilities rise to meet cyber threats as a newly recognized challenge to system reliability. Our focus will shift from convincing business leaders and engineers that security is an integral part of designing and operating a safe, reliable, and available power system to properly organizing our efforts and […]

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