Recent reports indicate that hacking industrial interval meters for profit is a serious threat and one that is likely to grow. But vendors typically specify the cyber security features of intelligent electronic devices, which makes it difficult for industrial clients and their consulting engineers to understand the weaknesses of every IED on the network and design cyber security plans to mitigate those weaknesses.
In his weekly blog, Insights on Power, for Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Sam Sciacca points to IEEE 1686, Standard for Substation Intelligent Electronic Devices (IED) Cyber Security Capabilities, which provides a method for the specification and evaluation of IEDs – particularly in the realm of cyber security. IEEE 1686 gives consulting engineers the ability to evaluate existing IEDs and determine which ones have cyber security shortfalls and which ones can remain and function within a new cyber-security design. You can learn more on the topic from Sam in Stopping industrial hackers: Cyber security for IEDs.
Sam Sciacca chairs two IEEE working groups dealing with cyber-security for electric utilities: the Substations Working Group C1, which is working on P1686; and the Power System Relay Committee Working Group H13, which is working on PC37.240. Sciacca currently is CEO of SCS Consulting, LLC.
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