Electromagnetic terrorism has huge implications for the international power industry. The North American electric power network is vulnerable to electronic intrusions launched from anywhere in the...
Deadline Looms for New Cyber-Security Standard
NERC's proposal has the industry scrambling.
the industry on a solid footing. … but it's not just a technical issue. What it comes down to is, what are people willing to pay in order to have the power system secure? There's a limited pot of money, so people are always going to have to make judgments from an economic sense, and sometimes from a political sense because regulations do carry some weight.
"That's how the industry is going to make a decision. They're going to weigh all these things and say, what are the costs if we implement this, and what are the costs if we don't implement it-just like any other business would.
"But I'm personally hoping the standards pass because it would give us a good basis for getting the industry toward a safe footing."
Bowe-also a member of NERC's Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee (CIPC)-adds that the NERC implementation schedule is just one impetus for utilities and NERC members to make the cyber-security upgrades they already should have been making.
"We need to be proactive in this," Bowe says. "We don't need standards to get us motivated to continually enhance our security."