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Iowa State Challenges Students to Turn Back Cyber Attacks, Keep Lights on, Water Running

February 11, 2016 - in Corporate, Energy, Maintenance, Sensors

AMES, Iowa—Teams of students will face eight straight hours of attacks on the computers and networks behind a simulated city’s power and water utilities. Can they protect all the software, hardware and connections? Will the lights stay on? Will the water…

Iowa State Engineers Build Cyber Security Testbed to Help Protect the Power Grid

AMES, Iowa – It’s easy to think of the electrical grid as the power plants, the high voltage lines, the transmission towers, the substations and all…

About the Critical Infrastructure Cyber Community C³ Voluntary Program

February 16, 2014 - in Projects, Security

The United States depends on critical infrastructure every day to provide energy, water, transportation, financial services, and other capabilities that…

NIST Revises Smart-Grid Guidance with Focus on Security

November 6, 2013 - in Energy, Projects

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is revising its smart-grid guidance to address technological and policy changes over the past three years that have made the grid more susceptible to vulnerabilities and threatened utility customers' privacy.…

NIST Seeks Public Input on Updated Smart Grid Cybersecurity Guidelines

October 28, 2013 - in Energy, Projects

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is requesting public comments on the first revision to its guidelines for secure implementation of "smart grid" technology. The draft document, NIST Interagency Report (IR) 7628 Revision 1: Guidelines…

The Department of Energy Responds to Cyber Security Challenges with Developer Awards

October 2, 2013 - in Corporate, Energy, Security

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced awards totaling approximately $30 million for the development of new tools and technologies to strengthen protection of the nation’s electric grid and oil and gas infrastructure from cyber attack. With support from…

Chinese Hacking Team Caught Taking Over Decoy Water Plant

August 6, 2013 - in Water

A Chinese hacking group accused this February of being tied to the Chinese army was caught last December infiltrating a decoy water control system for a U.S. municipality, a researcher revealed on Wednesday. The group, known as APT1, was caught by a research…

Researchers to Hack Sensors to Demonstrate Critical Infrastructure Vulnerability

July 26, 2013 - in Energy, Oil & Gas

Cybersecurity researchers next week will demonstrate how hackers can potentially wreak havoc on critical U.S. infrastructure, even causing explosions by altering the readings on wireless sensors used by the oil and gas industry. The presentations at the Black…

Hackers Appear to Probe U.S. Energy Infrastructure

May 27, 2013 - in Security

The United States is investigating "a string of malicious" cyber incidents that appear to be focused on probing energy infrastructure, a U.S. official familiar with the latest intelligence tells CNN. The official, who spoke anonymously due to the sensitivity…

Can Collaboration Defend U.S. Critical Infrastructure?

May 11, 2013 - in Security

Vulnerabilities in critical infrastructure, particularly through cybersecurity gaps, are a top concern for government officials and lawmakers. Legislation to address those gaps so far has failed, and key partnerships are crucial to shoring up weaknesses as…