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Smart Grid & Spectrum – Setting the Record Straight

One of the key policy debates now ongoing in Washington DC is whether to set aside spectrum for use in the smart grid – spectrum that the utilities could themselves use for their own deployments.  In a recent filing at the FCC, Cisco provided its thoughts on how the FCC might evaluate policies to promote and accelerate the use of smart grid technologies across the country.  As it turns out,  a portion of our filing was misre…


A Culture Shift: IT Security to Smart Grid Security

…the IT sector. To better understand the culture shift from securing IT systems, we need to clarify the focus of grid security. In the IT world, we often focus on protecting information. For example, in United States Department of Defense circles, security is usually referred to as Information Assurance. Smart Grid security (usually called “cyber security,” or just “cyber” by electric sector practitioners) however, conc…


From IETF 76 Japan to the Internet of Things!

…gs or IoT. At the IETF 76 held in Hiroshima, Japan, one of the Birds of a Feather sessions I had attended was on Smart Grid co-chaired by Fred Baker, Cisco and Tim Polk, NIST. The question to answer is “Where should the Smart Grid standardization occur and what role will the IETF have in its standards development?” The topic is still open, and the Internet Society published a great list of hotly debated issues at IETF 76. When we thi…


Securing Smart Meters

…nging his mind about the potential for a wide-spread attack to the nation’s electrical infrastructure. The grid is unique in that most of the grid’s assets are publicly accessible. With that in mind, good security practitioners will ASSUME that public assets like meters will be compromised. The trick is how to build a resilient smart grid even when most of the assets are subject to compromise. The key is to protect sensitive upst…


People Power: Smart Grid is About More Than Just Smart Technology

*Posted by Rob Aldrich for Jenny Carless, contributor to News@Cisco* The smart grid is not just about smart technology – it’s also about how people use that technology to be smarter about their own behavior. Business and municipal leaders have figured this out, and they’re addressing a critical piece of the climate change puzzle: empowering consumers to help reduce global warming by being smarter about their own behavior. Smart