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Sun Cycle Threatens Electric Grid

- Some scientists fear that solar flares could cause mass power outages, but utilities want more concrete evidence before deploying costly solutions.

Geomagnetic Storms

- The North American electrical power system could potentially collapse due to a giant geomagnetic storm. Congress has held hearings but critics say that not enough is being done. Read the testimony and judge for yourself.

Sun Cycle Threatens Electric Grid

- Some scientists fear that solar flares could cause mass power outages, but utilities want more concrete evidence before deploying costly solutions.

Report Says Utility Smart-Grid Cybersecurity in Chaos

- A new report by Pike Research puts it bluntly: utility smart-grid cybersecurity is "in a clear state of chaos."

Morning Security Brief: Suspicious Activity Around Georgia Water Infrastructure, Cybersecurity, Hospital Security, and More

- Georgia authorities warn of suspicious activity around water treatment plants. The US and European Union hold their first joint cybersecurity exercise. And a hospital faces loss of funding because of the actions of a security guard that led to a patients death.

BP Anniversary: Amid Growing Exploration Risks, "Don't Do Something Stupid"

- Veterans and observers of the response are placing the incident’s consequences in perspective and warning against giving lip service to issues of safety and risk.

Can Making Utilities and Appliances Smarter Prove Foolhardy?

- The so-called smart grid is all the rage, but rushing headlong into networked utilities may not be wise, according to John Bumgarner, the chief technology officer for the U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit, in July's podcast.

Getting Ahead of Ourselves with Smart Energy

- How the rise of smart energy is making America's energy infrastructure more vulnerable to attack.

The Utility of Securing the Electric Supply

- From copper thefts to cyberthreats, utilities face many forces that could interrupt their electricity services. Here's how three companies are meeting the challenge.

Nuclear Power Plants Move to Software-Based Risk Assessments to Fend Off Fire

- Nuclear power plants across the country with the support of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission are moving to terminate human-led fire protection for systematic, computer-based risk assessments, according to The New York Times.

Fueling Nigeria's Conflict

- Booming oil prices are making it harder, not easier, to find a solution to armed conflict in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta region.

Resource War

- Surging oil prices have not led to peace and stability in Nigeria; it has made the conflict worse, according to a paper from the U.S. Institute of Peace.

Lights Out: The Electricity Crisis, the Global Economy, and What It Means to You

- Understanding our dependence on the uninterrupted flow of electricity and how fragile the electrical grid has become.
 




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