Smart Grid Security - Is it a myth or a reality?
For a moment, just think of the factors that have contributed to such sudden awakening. What has changed in the more than 100 years old Grid Infrastructure that threatens the security aspects so badly. Well, the experts say, the Grid is becoming more and more communication enabled with smart sensors all over the grid infrastructure, hence increasing the security vulnerability.
But the food for thought here is, was there ever any threat to the Grid Security, before the concepts like "Smart Grid", "Smart Sensors", "Bi-Directional information flow", "Intelligent Network" etc., were not ideated.
If the answer to the above question is a "Yes" then we have a much broader approach to take rather than just focusing on the "Smart" aspect of the Grid. How about focusing first on the process and people first. And then taking a need based customized approach to secure the impacted systems and technology.
If the answer to the question is a "No" then we have to be really careful in making sure other key Smart Grid objectives such as "Improved Power Reliability & Predictability", "Improved Customer Satisfaction" and "Improved operational/delivery efficiencies" are not compromised for the sake of making the Grid more secured with Smart Sensors installed over a highly intelligent network.
I would welcome your feedback on the thought irrespective of whether you think that the Smart Grid Security is a myth or a reality.