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ELECTRIC POWER

La electric power industry provides the production and distribution of electrical energy, often referred to as electrical power, in quantities sufficient for areas that need electricity through a network. Many homes and businesses need access to electricity, especially in developed countries. The demand for electricity is derived from the need for this for the operation of household appliances, equipment.

Link of interest: Power outages in the United States of America (in real time) Here

PROCESS

The electrical power industry is usually divided into four processes. It involves the generation of electricity, such as a power station, electric power transmission, electric power distribution and the retail sale of electricity. In many countries, their own electric power companies own the entire infrastructure, from generating stations to transport and distribution infrastructure.

Each of these processes has its function in the supply chain with its particularities, priorities, regulations and needs.

There is a wide variety of industrial plants, processes and technologies for power generation. Each one with its characteristics, efficiencies, advantages and disadvantages. They consist of the transformation of energy sources into electrical energy to be introduced in the transmission networks to be used. Non-renewable sources can be coal, fossils, natural gas, oil, nuclear, and oil shale. Renewable sources can be biomass, biofuel, geothermal, hydroelectric, marine, solar, and wind.

Electrical power transmission is the bulk movement of electrical power from a generating site, such as a power plant, to an electrical substation. The interconnected lines that facilitate this movement are known as a transmission network. This is different from local wiring between high voltage substations and customers, which is commonly referred to as electrical power distribution. The combined transmission and distribution network is known as the “electrical network”

The distribution of electrical energy is the final stage in the delivery of electrical energy; carries electricity from the transmission system to individual consumers. Distribution substations are connected to the transmission system and reduce the transmission voltage to medium voltage ranging from 2 kV to 35 kV with the use of transformers. The primary distribution lines carry this medium voltage power to distribution transformers located near the customer's premises.

Often, multiple customers are supplied from a transformer through secondary distribution lines. Commercial and residential customers are connected to secondary distribution lines through service outages. Customers demanding a much higher amount of power can be connected directly to the primary distribution level or the sub-transmission level.

NEEDS

Electric power is considered a natural monopoly. The industry is generally highly regulated, often with price controls and is frequently owned and operated by the government.

Typically, many of the facilities involved in each of the electric industry processes can be considered critical infrastructure and therefore of national interest. This classification must be determined as a consequence of the criticality evaluation using appropriate evaluation methods, techniques and models.

Suppliers of industrial automation systems, SCADA systems, and services in conjunction with operators in the electric power sector must ensure compliance with security and cybersecurity standards, such as ISA / IEC-62443, NIST 800-53 / 82, NERC CIP, FIPS 140-2 and others. Keeping up with the rules and regulations is challenging. New regulations like the GDPR in Europe raise the stakes for non-compliance to more than € 20 million per incident.

SECURITY AND COMPLIANCE

Strategies and solutions based on perimeter and information security technologies are not enough to protect against all modern threats to electrical infrastructures. Industrial cyber security requires the protection of physical assets, that is, the domain of physical security.

Many programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and controllers for feedwater pumps, feedwater, valves, furnaces, boilers, turbines, generators, and condensers are vulnerable due to the lack of built-in cryptographic controls, including: multi-factor authentication, secure startup, secure update and secure encrypted communications.

OUR SOLUTION

In operational technology (OT) environments, risk is measured in terms of industrial security and system availability. While data privacy is important, human physical security, industrial process security, environmental stewardship, and uptime often drive the security needs of plants and large SCADA systems.

In the Electric Industry sector: Generation, Transmission and DistributionIndustrial Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructures

ZCM is a specially designed system for industrial cyber risk management that allows organizations in the electric power sector to assess cyber risk in their industrial infrastructures and make the best mitigation decisions that really work.

Once the industrial cyber risk has been realized, the ZCM system provides the necessary tools to create resilient and robust industrial infrastructures to all types of threats, and at the same time comply with international standards (ISA / IEC-62443) and other popular regulations such as those defined by organizations like NERC, NIST, and C2M2.

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Assess cyber risk consistently and make the best mitigation decisions with the ZCM.

Design and implement the proper countermeasures that will actually mitigate the intolerable risk.

Operate and maintain industrial infrastructures resilient to all types of threats.

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