The vulnerability of critical energy infrastructures – SCADA-systems and smart grid-/smart metering technologies

Cyber attacks could put out the lights across entire countries (photo:dpa)
Cyber attacks could put out the lights across entire countries (photo:dpa)

The internet was founded on the principles of inter-operability, openness and neutrality. But as the network becomes more complicated and sophisticated, these principles are putting users, particularly in the energy industry, at increasing economic, political and geostrategic risk. The fifth part of our series on cyber threats assesses how vulnerable internet networks are becoming for critical energy infrastructures and the corporate sector.

ENERGY companies are becoming more security conscious over cyber attacks. But the defence capabilities of the industry have not kept pace with the sophistication of embedded cyber technologies nor of the capabilities of sophisticated cyber attack...

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