Securing the Grid With Military-Grade Technology

The electricity grid system is part of our nation’s critical infrastructure, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

The Serious Threat of Cyber Attack

Reports of cyber attacks on companies are increasingly common, and consequences can be highly destructive. Cyber attacks come in many forms: social engineering, botnets launching distributed denial of service responses, insider threats, and malware – and they’re increasingly sophisticated. A key objective of our cybersecurity technology program is to stay ahead of the threat with monitoring and alerting capabilities that deliver timely, actionable warning when threats appear.

Society’s increasing dependence on wireless communication technologies has transformed many aspects of day-to-day life – and most of us are both more productive and more connected than ever before – but it’s also led to new security vulnerabilities. As a result of the continually evolving industry, regulatory, technology and threat landscapes, a high level of vigilance is required.

An Approach with Roots in the Military

Our utility, Southern California Edison, oversees an enterprise-wide cybersecurity program to protect its electricity infrastructure from all forms of cyber threat. The program – which includes security engineering and risk management protocols – uses military-grade cybersecurity technology to protect the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of its information technology system and grid-control operations.

Our utility is actively engaged in transferring advanced cybersecurity technologies from the defense and intelligence industries to its smart grid development efforts, because military-grade cybersecurity can secure the electric grid and ensure continued reliability.

Our perspective on cybersecurity

Looking for a Letter of Support or Commitment?

Our utility, Southern California Edison, collaborates with many organizations to support innovation in the areas of renewable sources of energy, grid optimization, and energy storage. If you are working on a project of this nature and need a letter of support or commitment for a California Energy Commission EPIC proposal, DOE or other funding source proposal, we may be able to help.

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