6 April 2012
TAMPA, Fla.–Every introduction of new technology into the smart grid opens it up to further attack.
That was Mike Duren’s frank assessment when we stopped here at Sypris Solutions to chat with him and Mike Walsh, the company’s president.
Sypris is an EMS and engineering-services company, but it has built a solid reputation in the electronics threat-mitigation business. It has leveraged its work with the Department of Defense over recent decades to secure a big contract with the Department of Energy. Sypris is working with Oak Ridge National Labs, Purdue University, and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to build key management systems for the grid.
That’s a challenge in any conditions, but consider that the engineering work still needs to be done. Not only are utilities deploying smart grid technologies right now, but a lot of those technologies aren’t defined yet. (Dave Kleidermacher from Green Hills Software took a stab at defining the problem in an EE Times piece a year ago).
“As we add these smarts, we also have to add security,” Duren said. “With the smart grid, the stakes are higher.”
Walsh and Duren talked to us about not only the engineering challenges of securing the smart grid, but also relevant issues, such as how do you find all the possible points of entry? How do you deliver a cost-effective product into a regulatory-constrained environment?
Here’s the interview: