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Shoring up the Solar Industry’s Resilience to Cyberattack

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As solar and storage technologies are deployed on the grid in record numbers, there’s no time like the present to take steps to prevent solar and storage from being vulnerable to cyberattack.

The electrical grid in the U.S. is a network of power generation plants, transformers, wires, sensors, and poles that carry electricity far and wide. When we have power, we don’t give the grid much thought. But that is changing. Much of the nation’s grid is old, with the average age of power plants being over 30 years old and most transmission lines and transformers are over 25 years old. In that time period, much new technology has been added to the grid including solar and energy storage.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is taking seriously the potential threat of cyberattacks on our energy resources. In a speech at the State Department in early February, President Joe Biden announced an “urgent initiative” to improve U.S. capability, readiness, and resilience in cyberspace.

(Read “‘We have a real adversary’: Work intensifies to safeguard solar from cyber attacks.”)

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is continuing its effort to shore up the solar industry’s resilience against cybersecurity threats. Recently, SEIA and the Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) hosted a half-day virtual summit on the state of cybersecurity in the industry, with emphasis on how these threats must be taken into account from the initial design phase.

SEIA advises that it is more cost-effective to mitigate risks now than to pay the price after the fact by taking just a few, simple, low-cost steps for businesses to take to strengthen their cybersecurity and prevent future attacks, including password protection solutions, multi-factor authentication, and keeping software up to date.

Furthermore, SEIA advises that companies should proactively implement a strong data governance strategy. Data can fall into the wrong hands if it isn’t handled properly, and it is recommended companies dispose of older, unnecessary data. Tips for small business security can be found in the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) cyber security toolkit.

What is needed is an industry-wide approach. SunSpec and the Sandia National Laboratories lead a distributed energy resource (DER) Cybersecurity Workgroup to create an industry standard for cybersecurity from the competing frameworks. Interested companies can join the working group to contribute to the development of these critical industry standards and best practices.

Clean energy companies can join a public-private partnership to work together with other businesses and the government to identify vulnerabilities, triage cyber issues, and develop scalable solutions to secure the grid. The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Cyber Testing for Resilient Industrial Control Systems (CyTRICS) is one such partnership between many of the national labs and private businesses.

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LG HOME APPLIANCE FACTORY in UNITED STATES LATEST to RECEIVE PRESTIGIOUS ‘LIGHTHOUSE’ STATUS

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LG Electronics Tennessee Plant is Selected as Industry’s First U.S. Home Appliance Lighthouse Factory by World Economic Forum SEOUL, South Korea, Jan. 16, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — LG Electronics'(LG) home appliance manufacturing plant in the United States has been selected as a world-leading…

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MP CM Shivraj Singh Bats for Decision to Conduct Medical, Engineering Education in Hindi

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Dhar (Madhya Pradesh) [India], January 16 (ANI): Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday said that English has no connection with intellect, so it was decided that medical and engineering education will be done in Hindi in Madhya Pradesh.
While addressing a public gathering here, MP Chief Minister said, “English has no connection with intellect. So I decided that medical and engineering education wil

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Indian Entrepreneurs Set to Launch Neobank in Southeast Asia

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By Lee Kah WhyeSingapore, January 16 (ANI): Inypay, a Singapore-based neobank announced that it will be launching in the second quarter of this year. It is planning to raise its seed funding round in the coming months after a successful pre-seed round of USD 1 million in September 2022.
The soon-to-be-launched digital bank’s key focus will be micro-lending, remittances, domestic payments, e-wallets, personalised and commu

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