Sunday, November 8, 2009

60 Minutes Sounds Grid Security Alarm

Hat tip to my classmate and former Discovery Channel Powrtalk colleague Chris Davis for alerting me to the show that aired tonight. The popular news journal interviews former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Mike McConnell, FBI Cyber Division Assistant Director Shawn Henry and others. It begins with cyber crime in the DOD world, goes through some real-world financial services industry examples, and concludes with conviction that the computers that run the Grid have been seriously compromised and that there's little the US government has been able to do to make private operators close out their vulnerabilities.

Remember, the subject here is the current Grid, the pre-cursor to the future Smart Grid, which will bring with it new types of additional abilities but also better ways of isolating some of them when necessary. The segment is called "Sabotaging the System" and you can watch it in its entirety right here, right now ... after a brief commercial, that is.

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