Aurora is a reliability gap in the protection of the electric grid (it is a global issue not just North American). It involves opening and closing a circuit breaker or breakers, resulting in an out-of-phase condition that can damage loads including generators and motors.
I met with DOD and have two new definitions to add to the list of confusing terms.The first is "data center".DOD is in the process of consolidating their data centers. Consequently, I asked what is a data center.Apparently any location with a server and a database can be considered a data center.
Privacy, Piracy Host, Mari Frank, interviews Joseph Weiss, Industry expert on control systems and electronic security of control systems Monday, March 26, 8:00-8:30AM Pacific Time, KUCI 88.9 FM in Irvine,
The Smart Grid is dependent on interoperability and is moving toward ubiquitous use of TCP/IP. Meanwhile, many utilities are removing or not installing TCP/IP connections for transmission to avoid having to meet NERC CIPs. Doesn't this seem inconsistent?
There are a number of issues about Aurora that are confusing including its name, what it does, how to detect it, and what could be vulnerable. As Aurora is still classified as "For Official Use Only", I will not go into any technical details.
September 2011 DOE issued the first draft of the Electricity SubSector Cybersecurity Risk Management Process document for comments. The document essentially equated IT and ICS.The only mention of differences between IT and ICS in the new version is the following: