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IDG Contributor Network: Protecting vital electricity infrastructure

Discussion in 'CSO' started by RSS, Mar 1, 2016.

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    The perception of physical security threats has changed drastically since Sept. 11, 2001. The terms IEDs, terrorist, extremist, and radicalization are now routinely used, and “when” has replaced “if” to identify the likelihood of a terrorist attack occurring in North America.

    Attacks on critical infrastructure, specifically electric generation and transmission facilities, could be used to cause widespread panic and create economic distress in a country already on-edge in this “age of terror.” The August 2003 Northeast blackout demonstrated the impact to society when a portion of the North American electric grid goes black. While the 2003 blackout was attributed to an accident, it nevertheless points to the vulnerability of the grid, and with it, associated risks to North America’s health, safety, and economic security.

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