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Issue 02/2019

Protecting critical infrastructure: the importance of making power grids secure-by-design

IEC 62351 standards for secure-by-design power systems communications

For the second year in a row the World Economic Forum has listed cyber attacks as one of the top five global risks, and highlights that an attack on a country’s electricity system could potentially have devastating effects. Power grid risk has increased due to expanded connectivity to IT and other systems, exposing them to more threats. As the same time, threat actors are focusing more on critical infrastructure attacks, and benefiting from the availability of malware toolsets on the internet.