There are increasing efforts globally to upgrade electrical and water grids around the world with new capabilities—notably with network communications, remote and automated management of elements in the field, and new utility management functionalities. However, the introduction of smart technologies, such as network communications, remote and automated management of elements in the field, and new utility management functionalities, means increased dependence on ICTs and connectivity, which introduces new risks. These tools can expand the number of threat vectors, rendering smart utilities vulnerable to cyberattacks. Maintaining resilient electrical power generation and transmission as well as water distribution and treatment are key to protecting the utility infrastructure. Cybersecurity must be a function of hardware, software, data, and networks (spanning IT and OT).
The report will look at the new and existing vulnerabilities for smart utilities, as well as tech, market, and regulatory efforts to digitally secure them. Vendors reviewed in the ecosystem analysis include Cy-oT, ForeScout, Nokia Networks, Nozomi Networks, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, OSIsoft, Radiflow, Sierra Nevada Corporation, Skybox Security, and Smart Energy Networks.