The IEC Young Professionals (YP) Programme was set up to increase the involvement of the next generation of IEC experts in standardization and conformity assessment activities.
One of the key issues future technology leaders will have to grapple with in coming years is cyber security: it will have an impact on a huge number of electricity-related areas, from electric cars right down to children’s toys.
IEC publishes a number of crucial international standards relating to grid modernization (IEC 61850 series, for example). Electric grids are increasingly taking the form of smart grid systems in which the application of digital processing and communications enables data to flow from producers to consumers and vice versa.
But with increased digital processing and two-way communications, cyber threats are augmenting as well. Electric grids form part of the critical infrastructure of a country: cyber attacks on electricity transmission assets can create absolute havoc, grinding all activities to a halt. Building cyber secure electric grids is therefore a number one priority for countries the world over.
As part of a future IEC future leaders’ forum held in Munich in March, discussions were held precisely on the topic of cyber security in smart grid systems. The results of these discussions can be found in a paper entitled Cyber security and the smart grid.
It looks at the challenges, trends and innovations, from blockchain to 5G networks, for smart grids, as well as the role played by IEC International Standards in paving the way for these new technologies. Recommendations are also made for IEC best practice moving forward in both standardization and conformity assessment relating to smart grids and cyber security.