Cybersecurity is a concept of significant concern and interest within the power industry for all operational facilities. The development of the intelligent utility grid and associated facilities has further expanded the discussion concerning system vulnerability and security. Much effort is being put into the development of cybersecurity by government, equipment suppliers, security providers, consultants and IT departments across the United States and around the globe.

Utilities are developing strategies concerning the deployment and use of new utility grid technologies to obtain maximum operational impact on their systems. U.S. agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security, the National Security Agency, the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology are focused on the proper use of technology and the cybersecurity of the technology within the nation’s power grid.