In the last article we explored the organization and components needed to pull together the Security Ecosystem for the Critical Infrastructure environment. In doing so we explored the need for management of secrets in devices across the four Trust Accountability (TA) Chains: Product Lifecycle, Onboard System Integrity, Networked System and Data Lifecycle. In this article, we will start to look at the topic which started my entire research into the Critical Infrastructure Ecosystem -- the organization and management of secrets that make up the DNA of each device. Article
The emerging energy cloud allows consumers to actively participate in the generation and distribution of electricity in strategic ways to achieve business models that benefit consumers, producers, and distributors of energy. When organized to help manage supply and demand across the grid, the energy cloud shares many characteristics with cloud computing. Article
Energy storage is the key technology for unleashing the full potential of microgrids, the smart grid, and renewable energy sources. The energy storage systems industry has a market poised for substantial growth and multi-billion dollar annual sales worldwide within a few years, but that assumption is based on removing some current barriers. Article
The future customer is not just networked, but experiences rapidly expanding options. There are several key drivers of greater choice, including regulatory changes, technology advances innovations, and market forces. In this article, we'll cover three key dimensions of choice for energy customers. Article
IT/OT convergence delivers high degrees of grid automation, sensing and visibility; achieves greater control of distributed generation; and provides better support of regulatory compliance. Those are just a few points touched on by an expert panel of speakers during yesterday's Fierce Live! Webinar, "The IT/OT Integration Imperative," sponsored by ABB.
ComEd is already losing an estimated $168 million in smart grid funding as a result of the $100 million annual reduction in funding by the Illinois Commerce Commission beginning in 2014. Now, the utility faces a class action lawsuit and a $182 million penalty for delays and costs associated with its smart meter rollout.
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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced a competition to create a Community Resilience Center of Excellence. The center will be dedicated to collaborative, interdisciplinary research aimed at developing tools and standardized methods that will enhance the ability to reduce the impact of disasters and to speed recovery in the aftermath.
After interviewing 1,600 IT information security decision makers in organizations with more than 500 employees, spanning five industries in the U.S. and Europe, ForeScout Technologies, with the independent research conducted by IDG Connect, has found that more than 96 percent of organizations experienced a significant IT security incident in the past year. These results are not dissimilar to those in the energy industry.
Energy storage, driven largely by electronics and plug-in vehicles, will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8 percent to $50 billion in 2020, with dramatic shifts coming from the transportation industry, according to Lux Research.
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 contained specific provisions requiring cybersecurity protection of electric grid communications networks. But, nine years later, communications between grid control centers and transformer substations are still not protected against cyberattack -- and the nonprofit research group Foundation for Resilient Societies (as well as many in the energy industry) is not happy.
New research from Cogent Reports, a division of Market Strategies International has identified a link between brand trust and monetary value. Brand trust is critical for strengthening the overall relationships that utilities have with their customers and can generate significant value to a utility's franchise.
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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding more than $2.5 million in grants to develop wood energy teams in 11 states and an additional $1.25 million for nine wood energy projects using woody material, such as beetle-killed trees, from National Forest System lands.
Business, industry and other organizations will get help to cut their energy costs with £10 million made available this year to improve efficiency and reduce energy demand, according to U.K. Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey, who has unveiled new plans that will remove barriers to investment in energy infrastructure.