Overall Smart Grid Vulnerability

In a Wall Street Journal article from July 19, 2012, President Barack Obama wrote an opinion piece entitled, “Taking the Cyberattack Threat Seriously,” where he wrote:

“It doesn’t take much to imagine the consequences of a successful cyber attack.  In a future conflict, an adversary unable to match our military supremacy on the battlefield might seek to exploit our computer vulnerabilities here at home.  Taking down vital banking systems could trigger a financial crisis.  The lack of clean water or functioning hospitals could spark a public health emergency.  And as we’ve seen in past blackouts, the loss of electricity can bring businesses, cities and entire regions to a standstill.”


Smart grid initiatives across the country and throughout the world are attempting to merge the power grid with the vulnerabilities of the InternetDoes that seem like a “smart” idea?

In 2011, James Woolsey, former CIA Director, stated that “A so-called smart grid that is as vulnerable as what we’ve got is not smart at all.  It is a really, really stupid grid.”  This quote is towards the end of the short video clip given below.

For the video shown below, the creator of this Work is identified and acknowledged as “energy Now!”  “energyNOW!” describes itself as “an editorially independent news organization created to use the latest television and digital media tools to fill this reporting gap on critical energy issues.”


For the next video (which is a longer cut from the same interview as above), the creator for the Work is again identified and acknowledged as “energyNow!”

Air Date 08.14.11.  Anchor Thalia Assuras talks with former CIA Director James Woolsey about the security measures being used to counter the threat and how smart grid technology could make the country more susceptible to attack.

The video begins with now former U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta stating that, “I’ve often said that there’s a strong likelihood that the next Pearl Harbor that we confront could very well be a cyber attack that cripples our power systems, our grid.”

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