|[April 12, 2012]
Survey: Energy Security Pros Split on Hype Surrounding Smart Meter Privacy Issues
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. The survey was sponsored by nCircle and EnergySec,
a DOE-funded public-private partnership that works to enhance the cyber
security of the electric infrastructure. The online survey was conducted
between March 12 and March 31, 2012.
When asked, "Has the hype around privacy issues associated with smart
meter consumer data been overblown?" 53% said "yes" and 47% said "no".
"Smart Grid meter privacy is still a new area," said Patrick Miller, CEO
of EnergySec. "State regulations are inconsistent and sensitive customer
details in smart grid data vary from utility to utility. I expect to the
smart grid industry to struggle with several challenges around who
ultimately 'owns' customer data. There are several grey areas that
impact how smart grid customer data will be used as the industry
attempts to maximize revenue potential. Even seemingly innocuous
customer data has significant value -- just ask Facebook (News - Alert) or Google."
Elizabeth Ireland, vice presidet of marketing for nCircle, noted, "We
haven't seen a significant breach of smart meter consumer data yet so
it's natural to see a difference of opinion between energy security
professionals on the front lines. As with any type of digital
information, there are professionals that are very concerned about
privacy and believe a breach is inevitable and those that have a more
optimistic viewpoint. It's encouraging to see this discussion happening
in advance of a data breach when additional protection for smart grid
customers can still be implemented."
More information on the nCircle EnergySec Smart Grid survey is available
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