Recently, as I've started to prepare myself for work with Greentech Media's Grid Edge council, I wanted to check up on the current state of security thinking around AMI and smart meters.
Lo and behold, here's Ed who just put it down in pixels with 3 questions to ask yourself, along the lines of what are you protecting and why, and 7 to ask your vendors. In the latter category, I particularly like #1 and the advice that follows:
What security measures does your system employ?
Don’t settle for vague or imprecise answers to this question. Any reputable vendor will be able to give you a clear and detailed answer. Furthermore, don’t accept the excuse that the security measures are proprietary and top secret. As any security expert can attest, in modern systems, it is not a secret algorithm, but a secret key, that ensures security.This may be more advanced than your typical energy sector start-up is ready for or need be ready for, but it's a good example of the types of scrutiny mature product suppliers like Elster have come to expect as a matter of doing business with increasingly security-aware customers.
You can read the full article HERE.