According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), 5,5 Gigawatt (GW) of additional nuclear capacity were connected to the grid and 9,4 GW were permanently shut down, bringing global nuclear capacity to 443 GW in 2019.
The growth of connected devices has accelerated the convergence of IT and OT. That is why understanding the differences is the starting point when designing a cyber security strategy to protect industrial plants.
No organization, however big or small, is immune from cyber risk. The social media giant, Twitter, is the latest household name to suffer a security breach, but a growing number of attacks against small and medium-sized businesses goes unreported.
Many power stations and industrial plants are not equipped to deal with cyber security threats. A key issue, according to a recent IEC Technology Report, is that security is too often understood only in terms of IT.
More than 25 billion connected devices were in active use around the world in 2019. But the cost of our workplaces and homes becoming smarter and more connected is that they are more vulnerable to cyber attacks than ever before as the threat surface expands.
As more renewable energy sources and other distributed energy resources (DERs) interconnect with the electricity network, the risk of cyber attacks increases. The IEC 61850 series, as well as other core standards for the smart grid, are evolving to take these augmenting risk factors i