Evolving Cybersecurity Issues in the Utility Industry

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Full Title of Reference

Evolving Cybersecurity Issues in the Utility Industry

Full Citation

Earl Perkins, Evolving Cybersecurity Issues in the Utility Industry, published by Gartner Research, 20 August 2009.




Issues: Private Critical Infrastructure, Electrical Grid, Water, Sewer, etc., Public-Private Cooperation

Key Words

Information Infrastructure



This research explores significant cybersecurity issues for global utilities and offers a means to address them. It is past time to implement a top-down approach to address utility cybersecurity.

Key Findings:

  • Cybersecurity oversight for utilities at all levels is unclear and requires consolidation and


  • Cybersecurity and physical security for utilities are critical, but neither is well-defined

technologically or in policy terms.

  • While traditional IT cybersecurity can provide a foundation, utility operations security

does have distinct differences due to environment and requirements.

  • Too much discussion about smart-grid security, supervisory control and data acquisition

(SCADA) security, advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) security, or securing "cyberassets" focuses inordinately on the technical standards and products rather than on delivering a solution.

Additional Notes and Highlights