Cyber terrorism – how real is the threat to the national grid?
Cyber terrorism – how real is the threat to the national grid?

Channel 4 is screening a 'what-If' drama called ‘Blackout’, exploring the effects of a devastating cyber-attack on Britain's national electricity grid.

Our defence systems and strategies are incredibly robust

Given the role we have in connecting people to their energy supplies, it’s a responsibility we take very seriously.

But how credible is the threat of cyber terrorism to the national grid infrastructure?

At National Grid, we have rigorous defence systems and strategies and we continually monitor them to protect ourselves against any present and future cyber-threat. Given the role we have in connecting people to their energy supplies, it’s a responsibility we take very seriously.

We invest appropriately in IT security and continually look at initiatives to protect us against any present and future cyber-threats.

Our IT security programmes are in line with industry best practice and we regularly assess these programmes. We also work closely with UK and US Government agencies – in the UK, mainly the Centre for Protection of National Infrastructure, and in the US, the FBI.

These agencies are sources of vital information and provide insight into malicious operators, as well as general and sector-specific threats. They also provide advance notice of any potential or pending attacks.

We complement this with insight and information gained from working with our industry sources, peers and thought leadership groups – these include EEI (Edison Electric Institute), AGA (America Gas Association), I-4 (International Information Integrity Institute) and ISF (Information Security forum).

Comments

  1. Dr Margaret Gregory

    Are overhead lines sufficiently secure given the threat of terrorism? There was no alternative when the national grid was developed last century but you do have the technology to put in sub-sea connections now. Why not do so?

  2. David Melonson

    I did not see anything on physical equipment security. Has Nationalgrid invested in an independent contractor review of generation, substation, transmission security and vulnerability assessment?

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