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Constant Vigilance

A holistic approach to smart-grid security.

Fortnightly Magazine - October 2010

processes. With the increased focus and requirements around security, external entities may need to engage differently in many areas, such as using multi-factor authentication and VPN access.

In order to realize the smart grid’s potential, security must exist in every fiber of the smart-grid’s fabric. Smart-grid security threats will become more challenging and pervasive in the foreseeable future, and both utilities and solution providers will need holistic, proactive and mutually enabling security approaches to address those threats. To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson, the price of smart-grid security is constant vigilance, and that vigilance is everyone’s responsibility.

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