NIST releases new smartgrid cybersecurity guide

Tuesday - 9/14/2010, 5:53pm EDT

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  • You've heard talk of the smart grid, the hyper-intelligent way of moving energy around. The goal is for energy use to be much more efficient. But it also means that it could be more susceptible to cyber-attack. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been focusing on that issue. The Cyber Security Working Group (CSWG) of the NIST's Smart Grid Interoperability Panel has just released version one of the smart grid cybersecurity standards, and the guide is over 500 pages. Marianne Swanson is a Senior Advisor for Information System Security at the NIST, and she joined the DorobekInsider with more information. You can listen to the interview here.

  • If you get an email asking about your cybersecurity opinions at work, it may not be spam! The Office of Personnel Management is working with the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education to conduct a survey now through October 11th. OPM says if you receive an email inviting you to participate in this survey and you are not currently performing cybersecurity work, go to the first page of the survey and click "no" to the first question.

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