Friday, August 17, 2012

Cyber Security For Power Energy And Utilities In India

Cyber security challenges for smart grids and utilities in India are not unknown these days. Recently, India's power minister Veerappa Moily constituted a three-member panel to investigate massive power failures in the country a few days before.

Keeping in mind the cyber attack angle, he also added four additional members, including a cyber-security expert in this panel making it a seven member’s panel. It is obvious that India is excluding any possible cyber intrusions and cyber attack upon the power grids that may have resulted in blackout.

Power grids and utilities cyber security in India and their challenges are not easy to manage. They require a systematic, dedicated and security oriented approach on the part of Indian government. In fact, smart meters are becoming headache for power companies world wide.

Cyber security in India is still in its infancy stage. Naturally, the critical infrastructure protection in India is still not upto the mark. In fact, we have no critical ICT infrastructure protection policy of India  as well.

Meanwhile, sophisticated and specially customised malware like Stuxnet and Duqu have already proved that critical infrastructures around the world like power grids, nuclear facilities, satellites, defense networks, governmental informatics infrastructures, etc are vulnerable to diverse range of cyber attacks.

Perry4Law Techno Legal Base (PTLB) strongly recommends that Indian government must ensure cyber security of energy and utilities in India as soon as possible. SCADA may be the new cyber attack priority for cyber criminals and rouge nations. We must ensure sufficient cyber protection of SCADA systems in India in general and critical infrastructure in particular.

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