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15 Percent of Vendors, Utilities Not Testing for Grid Security: The word of the hour at DistribuTECH 2012 was

The word of the hour at DistribuTECH 2012 was 'interoperability.' That’s no surprise, since more than half of the utilities' responses to a KEMA survey during the event indicated that they had selected their smart grid technology based on performance and interoperability. But just a few paragraphs down in the early findings from the survey of more than 100 vendors and utilities, it's reported that, while nearly half (46.8 percent) had tested the security of their systems, 15 percent indicated they would not test security capabilities. “Cyber security awareness is low; it is important,” KEMA said of the findings, “but not a main concern.” In many ways, the findings are nothing new. A GTM Research Report released last August, The Smart Utility Enterprise 2011-2015 , concluded that “GTM Research expects a great deal of uncertainty over industry security to prevail over the sh...

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