|[April 18, 2012]
Survey: 90% of Energy Security Pros Say We Need Smart Grid Security Standards
SAN FRANCISCO --(Business Wire)--
nCircle, the leader in information
risk and security performance management, today announced the
results of a survey of 104 security professionals in the energy and
utility industry. nCircle and EnergySec,
a DOE-funded, public-private partnership that works to enhance the cyber
security of the electric infrastructure, jointly sponsored the survey.
The online survey was conducted between March 12 and March 31, 2012.
Highlights of the study include:
75% of energy security professionals believe smart grid security has
not been adequately addressed in smart grid deployment
72% of energy security professionals believe smart grid security
standards aren't moving fast enough to keep up with deployment
"Security has been addressed to varying degrees in many smart grid
deployments, however it is going to be a challenge to keep pace with the
constantly changing security landscape," said Patrick Miller, CEO of
EnergySec. "The analog and mechanical devices installed in most
utilities were designed for a very different maintenance model than
newer digital equipment being designed and installed today."
Elizabeth Ireland, vice president of marketing for nCircle noted, "It's
pretty clear that information security professionals in the energy
industry are uncomfortable with standards currently available for smart
grid technology. Deining and implementing meaningful security standards
is always a challenge but without standards, adoption of critical
security controls across the smart grid industry is likely to be uneven
More information on the nCircle and EnergySec Smart Grid survey is
available here: http://www.ncircle.com/index.php?s=resources_surveys_Survey-SmartGrid-2012#standards.
EnergySec is a community of information security, physical security,
audit, disaster recovery, and business continuity professionals from
energy industry utilities. Participation is international, including all
regions throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and
Australia. EnergySec operates many programs, events and technology
solutions designed to help improve the security posture of the energy
sector. EnergySec is incorporated as a non-profit organization and is a
registered 501(c)(3) public charity. For more information, visit http://www.energysec.org.
nCircle is the leading provider of information
risk and security performance management solutions to more than
6,500 businesses and government agencies worldwide. nCircle
solutions enable enterprises of all sizes to (1) automate compliance
and reduce risk, and (2) measure and compare the performance of their IT
security program with their own goals and industry peers. nCircle
solutions may be deployed on a customer's premises, as a cloud-based
service, or in combination, for maximum flexibility and value.
nCircle has won numerous awards
for growth, innovation, customer satisfaction and technology leadership
and has been ranked among the top 100 best places to work in the San
Francisco Bay Area. nCircle is headquartered in San Francisco, CA (News - Alert), with
regional offices throughout the United States and in London and Toronto.
To learn how you can more effectively protect your company visit us at http://www.ncircle.com.
nCircle is a registered trademark of nCircle Network Security, Inc. All
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