Cyberattacks against America’s energy infrastructure put public safety and national defense at risk. In response, a proposal before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources suggests a “retro approach” to de-computerize the electrical grid. A.P. “Sakis” Meliopoulos, the Georgia Power Distinguished Professor in the School of Electrical & Computer Engineering and associate director of cyber-physical systems for the Institute for Information Security & Privacy, explains the vulnerabilities, threats and solutions underway.
While much effort has been expended to harden the cybersecurity of America’s power grid, vulnerabilities still remain, coupled with the reality that attackers are becoming more sophisticated and smarter.