Technology has moved on. ‘Self-contained’ electrical power control systems can no longer be considered isolated: most are now globally integrated, connecting with other corporate services. New levels of openness, combined with the pervasiveness of IT and Internet technologies in daily life (smart grids) leave these systems highly exposed, creating major challenges for the electric power sector. The risk of cyber-attack is greater than ever before, and security has shot up the agenda.
Here are some reasons why:
- Electrical power equipment automation, control and protection are no longer handled by closed systems.
- These systems don’t have sufficient built-in cybersecurity functions.
- As things stand, detecting a potential threat is extremely difficult, both technically and organizationally.
- When a threat is detected, the industry lacks clear guidelines on how to respond.
To meet these security challenges and more, we’ve developed KICS for Energy – part of the Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity solutions family. KICS for Energy supports communication services of standard IEC 61850 and protocol IEC 60870-5-104 and helps conform requirements of standards IEC 62443 and IEC 62351.