Friday, May 1, 2009

Smart Grid for Internet Types

For those joining the smart grid security fray from the IT / internet side of the house, here's a great piece from Capgemini's Balaji Natarajan. Many good points, including something you're going to hear repeated on the SGS blog: security must come first ... Before wide scale integration efforts, development of new equipment and apps ... and before roll out and power-up.

Here's Natarajan:
Smart grid security needs to be thoroughly investigated to enable a multi-tiered security model for the grid. Once this is done, startups should be encouraged to build innovative tools that adhere to these standards. It’s important to note that the smart grid’s cyber-security layer may need to be more regulated (by federal policies) than the Internet’s has been, given the potential direct impact on national security systems.

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