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Cyberattacks Bringing Down the Electric Distribution Grid is a Growing Threat

Interruptions to the power supply from cyberattacks tops the list of concerns of utility executives over the next five years according to the findings in Accenture’s new report, Outsmarting Grid Security Threats. And while nearly two-thirds of global executives surveyed believe that there’s at least a moderate risk of electricity supply interruption from a cyberattack on electric distribution grids, the U.S. figure is at 76%.

Among the moves distribution businesses should consider to strengthen resilience and response to cyberattack are integrating resilience into asset and process design; sharing intelligence and information as a critical activity that could help create situational awareness; and developing security and emergency management governance models.

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