US DOE grant will help address cyber in grid modernization program

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    Immediate upgrades to the national power grid must be made.
    • The U.S. Department of Energy last week announced $220 million in research funding for grid modernization, advanced storage systems, clean energy integration, standards and test procedures, and several other areas, the Hill reports.
    • Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced the funding alongside the DOE’s new Grid Modernization Multi-Year Program Plan, outlining a strategy for modernizing the grid.
    • The funding will be awarded, subject to Congressional approval, over three years to DOE’s National Labs and partners.
    • Moniz said the work would help modernize the grid, lower carbon emissions and guard against attacks on the nation's energy infrastructure.
    http://www.utilitydive.com/news/doe-proposes-220m-for-multi-year-grid-modernization-effort/412287/



    RUSSIAN HACKERS SHUT DOWN UKRAINE’S POWER GRID

    As many as 80,000 residents in western Ukraine lost power for six hours on December 23. Cybersecurity firms SANS ICS and iSight Partners have attributed the blackout to Russian hacking group Sandworm and its malicious software, BlackEnergy 3.

    Cyberattacks on power grids and other critical infrastructure are not new, but this most recent attack seems to be the first use of cyber as a weapon with kinetic effects during an ongoing conflict, highlighting the growing importance of cybersecurity.

    http://www.newsweek.com/russian-hackers-shut-ukraine-power-grid-415751
     
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    Last year there was a major power out in Turkey. Some people claim that it might have been a hack. Officials later said that there was a technical difficulty. No matter what, it is always good to be ready and update electric systems.
     
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