Sunday, April 12, 2009

Surviving a Disruption in the Electric Grid

What would you do if you were without electricity for 1 day, 2 days, 1 week, 1 month or more? Are you prepared? Last week another threat was posed to our national electric grid:

U.S. Electrical Grid Penetrated by Russian and Chinese Spies
April 8, 2009
By Siobhan Gorman
Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON -- Cyberspies have penetrated the U.S. electrical grid and left behind software programs that could be used to disrupt the system, according to current and former national-security officials.
The spies came from China, Russia and other countries, these officials said, and were believed to be on a mission to navigate the U.S. electrical system and its controls. The intruders haven't sought to damage the power grid or other key infrastructure, but officials warned they could try during a crisis or war
"Over the past several years, we have seen cyberattacks against critical infrastructures abroad, and many of our own infrastructures are as vulnerable as their foreign counterparts, " Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair recently told lawmakers. "A number of nations, including Russia and China, can disrupt elements of the U.S. information infrastructure."
The U.S. electrical grid comprises three separate electric networks, covering the East, the West and Texas. Each includes many thousands of miles of transmission lines, power plants and substations. The flow of power is controlled by local utilities or regional transmission organizations. The growing reliance of utilities on Internet-based communication has increased the vulnerability of control systems to spies and hackers, according to government reports.
The sophistication of the U.S. intrusions -- which extend beyond electric to other key infrastructure systems -- suggests that China and Russia are mainly responsible, according to intelligence officials and cybersecurity specialists. While terrorist groups could develop the ability to penetrate U.S. infrastructure, they don't appear to have yet mounted attacks, these officials say. (YET!!!)(emphasis mine)
Rebecca Smith contributed to this article.

So, it is admitted that our infrastructure has been penetrated. Are you going to wait until the other shoe drops, or will you begin to make provisions for a backup, emergency system. Our advertisers, such as
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