Smart grid may have safety blind spot
While companies are itching to jump on the smart grid bandwagon, rushing the process might leave holes open for hackers.
In a radio report by American Public Media, possible security threats to a national smart grid system are explored through three different viewpoints. With the nation's utilities and companies rushing to procure a slice of the $3.9 billion in smart grid federal funds , some feel that the money will lead to hasty decisions that will leave the nation's utility grid open to hackers.
Mike Davis, cyber security consultant for IOActive , said he thinks the technology is immature. His firm developed a test virus that could infiltrate "smart" meters and cut power to entire neighborhoods, or even cities. Similarly, James Lewis of the Center for Strategic and International Studies knows that smart grid security must be considered before it is implemented, not as an afterthought.
However, government regulators claim that they are already doing their best to prioritize security for the smart grid. The National Institute of Standards and Technology ( NIST ) is currently drafting a Standards Roadmap for a smart grid for the federal government. NIST official Annabelle Lee said that they will be better prepared for cyber security after years of experience with the Internet.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey