Contrary to popular opinion, cyberattacks are incapable of bringing down the entirety of the United States’ electricity infrastructure. However, that doesn’t diminish the very real threat hackers pose to our energy utilities.
The United States’ energy infrastructure is made up of five separate grids across the country, making it virtually impossible to hack into and bring them all down at once. And because these grids are composed of thousands of individual power providers, hackers can only target a small fraction at a time.
The real threat lies in smaller attacks on individual companies and energy utilities which happen frequently across the country. Fortunately, many energy utilities, including the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), are proactively taking steps to secure themselves from cyberattacks.
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