Smart Grid Cybersecurity Training Courses: The U.S. electricity grid is often referred to as the “largest interconnected machine” in modern history.
There’s over 7,000 power plants, 55,000 substations and nearly 200,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines, alongside millions of miles of low-voltage lines that make up its structure. The change over to a smart grid — an electricity supply network that uses digital communications technology to detect and react to local changes in usage – has linked the parts like never before.
This amazing interconnectivity gives the grid fluidity and efficiency of operation – but it also exposes vulnerabilities.
In many ways, the same security issues that plague the interconnectivity of the Internet of Things (IoT) also cause cybersecurity personnel to lose sleep over the smart grid. Essentially, there are more points of attack in a system that is composed of many parts all connected.
The potential for smart grid attacks is very real. In 2015 cyberattacks penetrated Ukraine grid control networks shutting down power leaving 700,000 people in the dark. Up until then, the digital penetration of modern electricity control grids was considered a possibility, but nothing substantial had ever occurred.
The Ukraine attacks changed that.
The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have notified energy and industrial firms about sophisticated hackers that have been attempting to penetrate industrial control systems used by the electrical and nuclear power industry, and other sectors. The objective of the reports is to encourage utilities to immediately invest in effective response and recovery capabilities, as well as the overall resilience of the grid.
Cybersecurity specialists believe one key to maintaining security is ensuring that every new device that connects to the grid is protected.
One possible measure is to drop the older Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) and Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) security protocols in favor of more modern, secure Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) password protection, updated to address recent published vulnerabilities such as KRACK and augmented with other security measures such as MAC ID authentication.
Another critical security measure is encrypted cloud storage with SSL certificate service access, which effectively secures data and information stored or shared through encryption. This provides both utilities and customers with the peace of mind that their data is secure from hacking.
Smart Grid Cybersecurity Training Courses
Tonex offers Smart Grid Cybersecurity Training, a 3-day class that teaches participants about the important aspects of cybersecurity in smart grids. The training consists of detailed information about smart power systems, recent technologies toward the smart grids, potential threats and vulnerabilities in smart grids and security assessment in smart grids in order to advance the knowledge of audience about the cybersecurity in smart grids.
Who Should Attend
- All individuals who need to understand the concept of security in smart grids.
- Power utility engineers working on smart grid technology.
- Test engineers who need to learn the security issues in power grids.
- Power traders to understand the smart grid security systems.
- Independent system operator personnel.
- Faculty members from academic institutes who want to teach the smart grid security course.
- Investors and contractors who plan to make investments in smart grids and renewable energy industry.
- Professionals in other energy industries.
- Electric utility personnel who recently started career in power systems or having new job responsibilities.
- Technicians, operators, and maintenance personnel who are or will be working on smart grid related projects.
- Managers, accountants and executives of the smart grid industry.
- Scientists or non-electrical engineers involved in smart grid related projects or proposals.
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