Pentagon Moves to Protect Against Threats to the Power Grid

While potential nuclear attacks understandably get a lot of attention, there’s another incredibly serious threat that could do a great deal of damage — the potential of a hostile actor taking out the United States’ power grid. In response to this threat, the Pentagon has reportedly begun to take action.

The Pentagon responds to a serious potential threat. The Washington Examiner reported:

Amid warnings that North Korea and Iran have plans to take out parts of the U.S. electric grid through a cyber attack or atmospheric nuclear blast, the Pentagon is taking steps to both protect the nation’s communications and power lifeline.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has charged BAE Systems to map a system that can detect a cyber attack and gin up an alternative communications network for military and civilian use if the grid is fried, according to Defense Systems, the online newsletter.

Former CIA Director James Woolsey has been warning for years that the grid is extremely vulnerable, and recently the Pentagon and some states have taken the warning seriously. Woolsey and former EMP Commission chief of staff Peter Vincent Pry have pointed a finger at North Korea, which is now threatening the U.S.

A statement from DARPA. In the statement, DARPA noted that it is “interested, specifically, in early warning of impending attacks, situation awareness, network isolation and threat characterization in response to a widespread and persistent cyber-attack on the power grid and its dependent systems.”

The statement continued, “Potentially relevant technologies include anomaly detection, planning and automated reasoning, mapping of conventional and industrial control systems networks, ad hoc network formation, analysis of industrial control systems protocols, and rapid forensic characterization of cyber threats in industrial control system devices.”

The purpose. The program is called the Rapid Attack Detection, Isolation and Characterization Systems, and a BAE official spoke to Defense Systems about its goal.

“The purpose for this program is to provide a technology that quickly isolates both the enterprise IP network and the power infrastructure networks to disrupt malicious cyberattacks,” the official said.

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It's about time, with luck, it won't be too late.

I second THAT!

I sure hope it's not too late. 

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