Utilities, Energy Sector Attacked Mainly Via IT, Not ICS

Threatpost

Critical Infrastructure administrative credentials attack behaviors data exfiltration energy sector ICS Industrial Control Systems Spying the report utilities vectraStealing administrative credentials to carry out months-long spy campaigns is a top threat.

IT 87

Enterprise asset management puts focus on content for energy companies

OpenText Information Management

Assets are the lifeblood of the energy industry. Effectively harnessing the data and information within the … The post Enterprise asset management puts focus on content for energy companies appeared first on OpenText Blogs.

What’s holding back operational excellence in the utility sector?

OpenText Information Management

Once upon a time, the utility industry was a relatively simple place to be. It was all about the safe and consistent generation and distribution of energy with good capacity planning, minimal outages and happy customers.

Five technology trends driving the energy sector in 2019

OpenText Information Management

In the energy sector, it’s not just change that organizations must prepare for – it’s the speed of change. By early this … The post Five technology trends driving the energy sector in 2019 appeared first on OpenText Blogs.

DoS attack the caused disruption at US power utility exploited a known flaw

Security Affairs

A DoS attack that caused disruptions at a power utility in the United States exploited a flaw in a firewall used in the facility. In May, the Department of Energy confirmed that on March 5, 2019, between 9 a.m. SecurityAffairs – power utility, hacking).

US Utilities Targeted with LookBack RAT in a new phishing campaign

Security Affairs

Security experts at Proofpoint observed a new wave of phishing attacks aimed at US Utilities in an attempt to deliver the LookBack RAT. Security experts at Proofpoint have discovered a new series of phishing attacks targeting entities US utilities in an attempt to deliver the LookBack RAT.

What does asset performance optimization mean for energy and manufacturing?

OpenText Information Management

These conversations boiled down the three core issues around asset performance: deploying digital technologies, the ‘first to be second’ approach and the … The post What does asset performance optimization mean for energy and manufacturing?

Energy Sector's IT Networks in the Bulls-Eye

Dark Reading

Attackers are actively infiltrating energy organizations and utilities for reconnaissance purposes

Dept. of Energy announced the Liberty Eclipse exercise to test electrical grid against cyber attacks

Security Affairs

This is the first time the Department of Energy will test the electrical grid’s ability to recover from a blackout caused by cyberattacks. “Utilities can’t just flip a few switches to bring the lights on following a major shutdown.

How to deliver operational excellence in utilities

OpenText Information Management

As the energy landscape evolves and wholesale costs continue to rise, utility companies are under increasing pressure to meet the expectations of consumers and shareholders.

Is customer engagement the answer to the ‘existential threat’ facing Utility companies?

OpenText Information Management

Enhanced customer engagement was shown to be the top outcome that UK Utility companies looked for from their digital transformation initiatives. That’s according to research that has just been completed by Utility Week and OpenText™. This blog looks at the reason that customer engagement is so important for the industry and whether a fresh perspective … The post Is customer engagement the answer to the ‘existential threat’ facing Utility companies?

Utilities Digital Journey Insights (Part 5): Utilities decentralize organizational models to meet consumer needs

CGI

Utilities Digital Journey Insights (Part 5): Utilities decentralize organizational models to meet consumer needs. To address these key challenges, utilities are moving toward decentralizing their organizational structures.

Utilities Digital Journey Insights (Part 4): Utilities’ pursuit of new business models accelerates

CGI

Utilities Digital Journey Insights (Part 4): Utilities’ pursuit of new business models accelerates. Some utilities even provide vehicle-to-grid services and home energy management systems to help consumers manage their electricity usage.

The energy sector's perfect storm

Collaboration 2.0

The energy sector has never looked more interesting - can the staid utility industry embrace the digital transformation strategic models required to stay relevant or will they be crushed in the emerging battle between tech and energy companies

Are central markets the answer to commoditizing energy flexibility?

CGI

Are central markets the answer to commoditizing energy flexibility? These parties trade energy using forecasts based on long-term standard patterns of usage at the residential level, now disrupted by local PV installation. What is energy flexibility?

Department of Energy Announces New Efforts in Energy Sector Cybersecurity

Hunton Privacy

On May 14, 2018, the Department of Energy (“DOE”) Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability released its Multiyear Plan for Energy Sector Cybersecurity (the “Plan”). The Plan is significantly guided by DOE’s 2006 Roadmap to Secure Control Systems in the Energy Sector and 2011 Roadmap to Achieve Energy Delivery Systems Cybersecurity. Multiyear Plan for Energy Sector Cybersecurity. energy sector. electric utilities participate in CRISP.

NERC $10,000,000 Fine of Public Utility Highlights the Need for Cybersecurity Preparedness and CIP Compliance Programs

Data Matters

On January 25, 2019, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (“NERC”) asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) to approve a settlement issuing a record $10 million fine against an unidentified utility resulting from violations of critical infrastructure protection standards (“CIP”) occurring mostly between 2015 and 2018 (referred to hereafter as the “Settlement Agreement”). Cybersecurity Energy Enforcement Information Security National Security

Embracing digital technologies to build a low-carbon society: Are local energy communities the answer?

CGI

Embracing digital technologies to build a low-carbon society: Are local energy communities the answer? Are local energy communities the answer? The current energy system is demand led and is a centralized top-down system—essentially one-way traffic from production to consumption.

Lessons for In-House Counsel from Cybersecurity’s Front Lines

HL Chronicle of Data Protection

Cybersecurity & Data Breaches city governments cyberattack cybersecurity educational institutions energy utilities financial institutions hospital systems hotel chains in-house counsel retail risk social media sites Telecommunications

The energy sector's perfect storm

Collaboration 2.0

The energy sector has never looked more interesting - can the staid utility industry embrace the digital transformation strategic models required to stay relevant or will they be crushed in the emerging battle between tech and energy companies?

The energy sector's perfect storm

Collaboration 2.0

The energy sector has never looked more interesting - can the staid utility industry embrace the digital transformation strategic models required to stay relevant or will they be crushed in the emerging battle between tech and energy companies?

Darwin’s advice to the energy sector: get agile!

CGI

Darwin’s advice to the energy sector: get agile! What does Charles Darwin have to do with digital transformation in the energy sector? Biggest challenges for the energy sector. This scenario will be enabled through so-called microgrids and energy islands. .

Puget Sound Energy achieves award-winning content management and customer engagement

OpenText Information Management

Puget Sound Energy (PSE), the largest utility in the Pacific Northwest, embarked on an ambitious project to consolidate and replace … The post Puget Sound Energy achieves award-winning content management and customer engagement appeared first on OpenText Blogs. What happens when you successfully modernize customer communications and deliver a centralized SAP-integrated content management solution?

Next-gen, real-time data exchanges will power the energy industry

CGI

Next-gen, real-time data exchanges will power the energy industry. Now in its eighth year, the event brings together global energy experts and influencers to debate and discuss the future of central market operations. sonya.balasubr…. Wed, 05/01/2019 - 22:32.

Delivering on the benefits of data: How utilities can get the first-mover advantage

CGI

Delivering on the benefits of data: How utilities can get the first-mover advantage. With the energy transition underway, there is a similar bold “rethink” taking place in the way energy companies view solutions, particularly around managing data.

How utilities are getting creative to find new revenue streams

CGI

How utilities are getting creative to find new revenue streams. The utilities industry is undergoing a paradigm shift. This year’s findings reveal that 57% of our utility clients view increasing investments in new products and services as key to addressing regulatory reforms.

Utilities: Interesting Times – Blessing or Curse?

CGI

Utilities: Interesting Times – Blessing or Curse? There’s no doubt about it, the Utilities sector is living in ‘Interesting Times’ and those times are becoming ever more ‘interesting’. So why are things in Utilities so interesting?

Not all blockchains are created equal when it comes to energy consumption

CGI

Not all blockchains are created equal when it comes to energy consumption. As we talk with clients about blockchain implementations at scale, a question we often get is, “What about the high-energy consumption?” How that trust is built affects the amount of energy required.

FERC issues notice of proposed rulemaking to extend reporting requirements for cyberattacks targeting the energy sector

Data Protection Report

DHS’ webinar explained that the hackers obtained access to vendors providing computer services to electric utilities companies. In response to such concerns, regulatory agencies are increasing reporting requirements for cyberattacks targeting the energy sector. 147, at 37727-36741), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which regulates the energy sector, recently directed that the power industry’s regulating body, the North American Electric Reliability Corp.

Humanizing utility assets: A new approach to using assets to drive automation

CGI

Humanizing utility assets: A new approach to using assets to drive automation. Even in regions with no or low competition, the business model for utilities is changing dramatically. pallavi.m@cgi.com. Wed, 12/05/2018 - 00:35.

European Utility Week 2018: Top 5 takeaways and the call to ‘journey together’

CGI

European Utility Week 2018: Top 5 takeaways and the call to ‘journey together’. This ancient African proverb sums up, quite accurately, the sentiment at the recently concluded European Utility Week (EUW) 2018. Blockchain is enabling the “democratization” of energy.

'Cyber blindspot' threatens energy companies spending too little

Information Management Resources

Amid rising threats, utilities are now spending less than 0.2 percent of their revenue on cybersecurity, at least a third less than financial institutions. Cyber security Data security Cyber attacks

Utilities Digital Journey Insights (Part 1): Why are utilities playing catch-up in the race to digitally transform?

CGI

Utilities Digital Journey Insights (Part 1): Why are utilities playing catch-up in the race to digitally transform? This series of blog posts builds on the 2018 CGI Client Global Insights, providing insights into how utilities are making progress toward digital transformation.

DHS Officials: Hundreds of US Utility Victims Infiltrated by Russian Hackers

Dark Reading

Federal government officials up their count of US energy sector victims from dozens to hundreds, according to a Wall Street Journal report

Breach Reveal: PG&E Exposed 30,000 Sensitive Records

Data Breach Today

Previously Unnamed Utility Reached Record $2.7 energy company that agreed to a record $2.7 Million Settlement Agreement A previously unnamed U.S.

A flexible energy system – the end of the beginning?

CGI

A flexible energy system – the end of the beginning? I was talking to someone recently and they asked me whether, with the publication of the “Upgrading our energy system: Smart systems and flexibility plan” and the “Clean Growth Strategy”, there was still a need for discussions about flexibility – the direction of travel is, after all, set. So what does this tell us about the areas of focus to accelerate our transition a smart, flexible energy system?

Emerging business models in the utilities industry

CGI

Emerging business models in the utilities industry. In the utilities industry, new business models are emerging, many of which are closely linked to the pressing need to embrace a low carbon economy. This shift is driving changes in demand, caused by increased electrification, and in production, with more renewable energy generation. Consumers are becoming energy suppliers and some independent organizations are even building-out their own power assets.