Report: FERC Cybersecurity Incentives Policy White Paper

The electric transmission grid has many components that are vulnerable to cyber-attacks, and a cyber-attack against high voltage transformers or other large equipment used to support transformer functions can have a large impact on the transmission system due to the cost and time to replace these components.10 The risk of a cyber attack to a utility responsible for transmission depends on several variables, such as network configuration within and between facilities and means of communicating data. A simultaneous cyber-attack on multiple electric grid facilities can have the effect of instantaneously dropping large amounts of load or generation from the grid.11 Further, the electric grid is interconnected to other critical infrastructure and, due to the significant interdependencies between systems, adverse impacts on one system can materially impact others.12 For these reasons, preventing or minimizing adverse impacts on energy infrastructure systems are crucial for maintaining a reliable energy system

Source : https://www.ferc.gov/sites/default/files/2020-06/notice-cybersecurity.pdf
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Smart Grid Bulletin May 2020


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