Smart Grid Security in the Spotlight at Black Hat
Security researchers have their eyes on the electric grid at the upcoming Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas. In separate talks, researchers will highlight some of the threats and concerns facing plans to deploy smart grid technology - and what can be done about them.Two security researchers are calling for the utility industry to pay close attention to securing smart grid technology as the nation upgrades its power infrastructure. In separate presentations next week at the Black Hat security conference, researchers Mike Davis and Tony Flick will be making the case that the energy industry has work to do when it comes to security.
"A lot of the security issues that are popping up are kind of frightening, and we're sort of pushing the idea of more security review, more generalized security engineering...reviews, source code audits, the whole sort of works has to apply to these meters as well as they apply to everything else," said Davis, senior security consultant at IOActive.
The calls for better security come three months after reports surfaced of attackers targeting the
Like Davis, Flick contends more security needs to be built into smart grid initiatives and technology. Using the city of
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has already released a three-phase plan for developing standards for the technology, but Flick predicts the standards will face some of the same security concerns surrounding PCI-
Both Flick and Davis are scheduled to give their talks July 30. For additional information about the conference, visit the Black Hat Website.