Securing the Smart Grid: The Road Ahead - Page 3

With the push for more efficient energy distribution, the Smart Grid has quickly transformed from the hottest buzzword to a global reality. While the Smart Grid promises to deliver many benefits, it is essential to secure this critical infrastructure now, before it's too late.

 By Joshua Pennell
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Just like the invention and implementation of any new technology, the Smart Grid promises many benefits, but it also displays many weaknesses. A lot of work needs to be done to secure this critical infrastructure and it is fortunate that this effort currently is taking place. With the help of the government and security experts, utilities are taking strides to improve the security of the Smart Grid and all of its components. As a result of improving security protocols, both consumers and utilities will thrive from the vast benefits of the Smart Grid, while ensuring the present and future safety of the world's critical infrastructure.

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This article was originally published on Feb 5, 2010
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