US Energy Utilities Targeted by FlowCloud Malware

Data Breach Today

energy providers have been targeted by a spear-phishing campaign attempting to spread a recently discovered Trojan called FlowCloud, according to Proofpoint research. Proofpoint Analysts Find Connections Between New Trojan and Other Attacks Several U.S. The analysts have found connections between these attacks and another campaign using malware called LookBack

Driving operational excellence through automation in the utilities sector

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At a time when energy commodity prices are at all-time lows, operational excellence has become a necessity for utilities to remain competitive. The post Driving operational excellence through automation in the utilities sector appeared first on DXC Blogs.

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Utilities, Energy Sector Attacked Mainly Via IT, Not ICS

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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.

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Driving innovation in the energy industry

OpenText Information Management

Worldwide demand for energy is growing faster than ever, leading to rapid changes in the energy industry and in the wider world beyond. PwC says the sector faces a “big change… [that] may … The post Driving innovation in the energy industry appeared first on OpenText Blogs. Industries UtilitiesDeloitte predicts companies in the oil and gas sector in 2020 will be “walking the tightrope,” and need to keep vigilant for both risks and opportunities.

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. Governments and industry bodies got busy with new legislation … The post What’s holding back operational excellence in the utility sector?

Supporting the essential energy industry

OpenText Information Management

But there are some essentials that, even with all that we are … The post Supporting the essential energy industry appeared first on OpenText Blogs. Industries Utilities Oil & Gas Mobility mobile ContentIt’s an understatement to say that the world is living through a time of uncertainty. COVID-19 has forced us into a new normal that feels anything but familiar. We are coping, learning to go without, and making the best of what we have.

FERC, NERC joint report on cyber incident response at electric utilities

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The US FERC and NERC published a study on cyber incident response at electric utilities that also includes recovery best practices. electric utilities. A cyber attack could have a severe impact on the operations of the utilities and consequent economical losses.

Enterprise asset management puts focus on content for energy companies

OpenText Information Management

Assets are the lifeblood of the energy industry. As new layers of change – including deregulation, new legislation, new market entrants, new consumption patterns – impact the sector, enterprise asset management becomes key to the profitability and long-term sustainability for many oil and gas and utility companies.

Siemens Shares Incident Response Playbook for Energy Infrastructure

Dark Reading

The playbook simulates a cyberattack on the energy industry to educate regulators, utilities, and IT and OT security experts

Five technology trends driving the energy sector in 2019

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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. Analytics Digital Transformation Industry 2019 trends AI Chemical Process Industry digital transformation energy industry IoT Oil and Gas OpenText operational excellence predictive maintenance Utility Industry

Top technology predictions for the energy industry in 2020

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Uncertainty has become the new norm in the energy industry and 2020 promises more of the same. This is due largely to the fact that the oil and gas and utility sectors are heavily impacted by some pretty intense forces – the geopolitical climate, trade tensions and economic fluctuations, just to name a few. Amidst … The post Top technology predictions for the energy industry in 2020 appeared first on OpenText Blogs.

[Podcast] IIM Challenges and Opportunities in the Energy Industry

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The energy industry plays a crucial role in all our lives. Information—energy utilities run on millions of documents to accomplish complex business operations and support their foundational principles: ensuring worker safety and providing reliable energy to end-users at a reasonable cost.

Energy Sector's IT Networks in the Bulls-Eye

Dark Reading

Attackers are actively infiltrating energy organizations and utilities for reconnaissance purposes

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. a cyber event disrupted energy grid operations in California, Wyoming, and Utah. The report did not include the name of the utility company that suffered the incident. . SecurityAffairs – power utility, hacking).

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

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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?

Coronavirus-themed campaign targets energy sector with PoetRAT

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Threat actors employed the previously-undetected PoetRAT Trojan in a Coronavirus-themed campaign aimed at government and energy sectors. . The attacks targeted the Azerbaijan government and utility companies, the malicious code was designed to infect supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, broadly used in the energy and manufacturing industries. . The malware infected ICS and SCADA systems used to control the wind turbines within the renewable energy sector.

Balancing speed and stability to reinvent utility operations for the energy transition

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Balancing speed and stability to reinvent utility operations for the energy transition. The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored our need for a reliable energy supply, which is something we typically take for granted. Today, utilities must respond to rapidly changing demand profiles caused by stay-at-home orders. As utilities continue to rise to this latest challenge, I thank them for their tireless and dedicated efforts in keeping our lights, gas and water on.

Cybersecurity in utilities: Critical questions for securing distributed energy resources (DERs)

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Cybersecurity in utilities: Critical questions for securing distributed energy resources (DERs). The energy transition is driving a shift toward the increasing use of distributed energy resources (DERs). DERs are smaller power-generation resources, usually located on the consumer side, that provide energy where it is needed. From a cybersecurity perspective, DERs pose new and unique challenges for utilities.

US Utilities Targeted with LookBack RAT in a new phishing campaign

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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. targeting three US companies in the utility sector. This time the attackers used phishing emails impersonating a licensing body related to the utilities sector.

Document Storage for the Energy Industry

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If you work in the energy industry, it comes as no surprise that it’s one of the most heavily regulated. To comply with government regulations, an energy company might have tens of thousands of documents that need to be physically stored, scanned or destroyed. Utilize a company that will inventory items with barcoding. The post Document Storage for the Energy Industry appeared first on Armstrong Archives, LLC.

What does asset performance optimization mean for energy and manufacturing?

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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? Analytics Digital Process Automation Digital Transformation Enterprise World IoT AI Enterprise World 2019 industrial IoT Manufacturing Industry Oil and Gas Predictive Analytics predictive maintenance Utility Industry

How to deliver operational excellence in utilities

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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. From smart grids to smart meters and even smarter … The post How to deliver operational excellence in utilities appeared first on OpenText Blogs.

Reading Municipal Light Department, an electric utility in Massachusetts, hit by ransomware

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The Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD), an electric utility in Massachusetts, announced it was hit by a ransomware attack. This week, the Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD), an electric utility in Massachusetts, announced it was hit by a ransomware attack. The incident did not impact the supply of electricity, and according to the utility, no customer financial data were exfiltrated.

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

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. The Department of Energy wants to test the resilience of an electrical grid to a cyber attack, so it’s going to launch the first hands-on exercise to test the ability of the operators of such infrastructure in recovering from a blackout caused by a cyber attack.

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

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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

European cooperation on flexibility to accelerate the energy transition

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European cooperation on flexibility to accelerate the energy transition. Early in September, we invited a number of our clients from around Europe to participate in a roundtable discussion on energy flexibility. First and foremost, it was an open exchange about the varied drivers for energy flexibility in different geographies, and how each operator is addressing the challenges they face. Read more about energy flexibility.

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

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Utilities Digital Journey Insights (Part 5): Utilities decentralize organizational models to meet consumer needs. To gain the true value of digital transformation, utilities are embracing more dynamic and autonomous organizational structures that enable them to make decisions closer to the customer. To address these key challenges, utilities are moving toward decentralizing their organizational structures.

Bluetooth Bug Opens Devices to Man-in-the-Middle Attacks

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The "BLURtooth" flaw allows attackers within wireless range to bypass authentication keys and snoop on devices utilizing implementations of Bluetooth 4.0 bluetooth classic Bluetooth Low Energy BLURtooth Cross-Transport Key Derivation CVE-2020-15802 Man-in-the-middle attacks MitM

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

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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. To seize these new business opportunities, utilities are increasing investments in new products and services, making it the second largest IT spend driver and a top innovation investment (73%) over the next three years.

Engie Electrabel migrates customer documentation to the cloud

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As the top producer and supplier of energy in Belgium, Engie Electrabel generates more than 3.5 Globally, the utilities industry has undergone a … The post Engie Electrabel migrates customer documentation to the cloud appeared first on OpenText Blogs. Cloud Partners & Alliances Utilities cloud SAP Customer Success EcoSystem Utility Industry customer success stories customer success story utilities archive center

Aging assets stand in the way of operational excellence

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Industries Utilities Oil & Gas digital asset management Energy Operational ExcellenceOperational excellence (OPEX) is a goal that the oil and gas sector has been striving to reach for years. A recent report from Oil & Gas IQ highlights aging assets as a significant challenge to achieving operational excellence, alongside a number of barriers faced by oil and gas companies.

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

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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?

Insight-driven decisions are required to operate digital energy grids - and keep my EV charged

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Insight-driven decisions are required to operate digital energy grids - and keep my EV charged. Last summer, I had an experience that made me realize how, in the future, utility network operators will need to work based on data they get from assets they may or may not own. This story provides a glimpse into the evolving problems facing utility network operators today. As a society, we increasingly demand clean energy to decarbonize the planet.

Solving data challenges to accelerate the energy transition

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Solving data challenges to accelerate the energy transition. The energy transition is a technological, cultural and organizational sea change—and data is the means by which utilities can solve the foundational challenges of the transition. The traditional one-way energy flow from generation to transmission to distribution to customer has provided clear roles for network owners and operators. ravi.kumarv@cgi.com. Tue, 01/14/2020 - 02:21.

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

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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. This means energy is supplied from a central point of production and generation to cities, factories and homes via the grid. Creating a self-sustaining energy ecosystem.

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. The effective application of energy flexibility is needed to address these issues. What is energy flexibility? Tapping into energy resource flexibility is not new; system operators and BRPs are already doing it at industrial levels.

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

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?