The U.S. electric grid dates back to 1882 when it had 59 customers. Today there are hundreds of millions of users, yet, the grid’s basic structure has remained much the same with power plants, transformers, substations, transmission lines and home electrical wiring.
Besides the number of users, the biggest change to the electric grid has been more of an internal one. Over the past couple of decades concerns have mushroomed exponentially over cybersecurity. And for good reason.
National power grids are increasingly the target of hackers and attacks. USA Today wrote that the U.S. electric grid faced online attacks about 100 times a year. And this report is from several years ago.
Some would say that cyberattacks are becoming the latest weapons of mass destruction, with widespread infrastructural failures as their goal. Such attacks have the potential to take down a country’s power grid, as some attacks have already proven.
So the big question: Where do companies begin, and what can be done to slow or prevent attacks like these from happening in the future?
A major obstacle with power plants is that security monitoring is not central to the design of most embedded devices and power system applications. Therefore, bolstering security remains a challenge when it comes to operational technology (OT), the automation and control systems and components that monitor, measure and protect critical infrastructure.
Even so, according to reports, global spending on smart-grid cybersecurity is expected to nearly double in the next decade, rising from $1.8 billion to nearly $3.2 billion by 2026.
Electric Grid Cybersecurity Training
Tonex offers an intensive, thorough 4-week course, Electric Grid Cybersecurity Master Certification. This substantial course provides technical instruction on the protection of electric and smart grid systems using offensive and defensive methods. Additionally, Tonex certifies individuals and provides various levels of active professional certification in electric power and smart grid.
Cybersecurity professionals, including network engineers, telecom engineers, security analysts, Intel and policy analysts, security operations personnel, network administrators and operations, system integrators and security consultants.
–Our instructors have been teaching cybersecurity for over 25 years, and have real life experience in the field.
–It’s all about relevancy and focus. What’s the point of teaching courses with information that your workforce can’t use. Your productive goals are what matter. Our world-class trainers understand this and tailor classes specifically for your employees and your organization.
–Ratings tabulated from student feedback post-course evaluations show an amazing 98 percent satisfaction score.
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