The Government Admits the US Power Grid Can Be Taken Out at Any Time

Walter Hickey
Business Insider

The Government Accountability Office just released a report backing up earlier findings: because a series of recommendations were ignored, the U.S. electric grid remains highly susceptible to cyberattacks.

The grid is reliant on a number of IT systems that have known and likely unknown vulnerabilities. The result of a cyberattack on the grid could result in damage to electricity control systems, power outages, and failures in safety equipment on a scale currently unknown.

GAO believes that there are still massive problems in the way the grid secures itself. Here are some of the reasons why they said the grid was open to attack…

…A terrible regulatory environment that makes the industry focus on things that don’t make the grid more secure. Electric companies who couldn’t care less about spending more on security. A lack of focus on preventing an attack against the electric lifeblood of the United States.

The worst is, GAO told the Government what they had to do last year, and it was ignored…

…And all anyone has to do is look at India this weekto see what happens when a nation’s grid collapses.

The complete article is at Business Insider.

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