Should the US beef up cybersecurity rules for distributed resources? FERC solicits public input

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission published a notice of inquiry (NOI) on cybersecurity issues, including how "a coordinated cyberattack on geographically distributed targets" could disrupt the grid and potential measures to counter the threat.

As more distributed resources and industrial control systems (ICS) are connected to the nation's electric grid, experts say it creates a potential vulnerability that is not clearly understood and could be exploited to cause power instability and blackouts.

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