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IDG Contributor Network: Combating insider threats faced by utilities

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    Utilities within the U.S. energy sector are inundated with outside threats - often from angry customers, environmental groups, hacktivists, and criminals looking for targets of opportunity. These cyber and physical threats often focus on interrupting services or destroying critical equipment for the purposes of inflicting damage and embarrassing the utility.

    In order to accomplish such an attack with any magnitude, the attacker needs knowledge of the equipment or system. This is often accomplished with surveillance, probing, and conducting reconnaissance of the potential target. As you might assume, this is time intensive, has a learning curve, and is risky in terms of the bad-actor getting noticed or caught by authorities.

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