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New: Digital grid unleashed

Our latest report looks at changes in the grid, and the necessary investments essential to succeed in an increasingly digitized and decentralized context. Protecting your utility from cyber-attacks with mature grid cybersecurity practices is a top priority.
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Reinforce the grid

Data breaches and other cybercrime cost companies billions while the damage to brand reputation is incalculable. Learn 5 cybersecurity best practices to mitigate system vulnerabilities and secure your operations.
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Cybersecure your substation

Discover the processes and procedures for securing a substation with advice for overcoming substation asset management challenges, and a description of some of the tools available.

Secure, reliable power

• Cybersecurity is embedded across our products and solutions and supported by our expert services.
• Our comprehensive cybersecurity expertise spans IT and OT systems so you can present a united front to fight threats, maximize service continuity, boost reliability and performance, and achieve compliance.

Benefits

For end-to-end cybersecurity, we address each area of cybersecurity risk to your business: 
Components: Secure-by-design, connected products incorporating IEC 62351 role-based access control principles 
Systems: The latest IT security measures adapted and applied to OT systems based on IEC 62443
Processes and procedures:  Turnkey solutions developed with certified cybersecurity processes and procedures for engineering, commissioning, and maintenance with IEC 62443-2-4
People and organization: Certified experts and organization with GICSP and IEC 62443-2-4 SCADA

Cybersecurity is in our product and software DNA

Thrive in the digital era with EcoStruxure™ Grid

Discover how Schneider Electric leads a new world of energy with connected products, edge control and apps, analytics and services.
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1. What are the basics of smart grid cybersecurity?    

With the innovations and advancements across the globe, traditional grids are being transformed into smart grids. However, while these smart grids offer a wide array of benefits, they are highly vulnerable to cyberattacks. Therefore, it is important to secure smart grid physical systems against cyberattacks and maintain cybersecurity for power grids. Furthermore, cybersecurity should not be interpreted as a retrofit. Rather, it should be considered a part of smart grid development. It is important to protect smart grids against potential terrorist threats, espionage threats, and vulnerabilities caused by natural disasters, equipment failures, and user errors.    

2. Why cybersecurity is a concern in smart grids?   

It is important to understand that IoT-based smart grid systems have critical infrastructure and include complex devices as well as architecture. Cybersecurity is a major concern in such critical systems because the confidentiality, availability, or integrity of communication systems is broken down due to cyberattacks, it can disrupt public order and national security and cause large-scale economic damage or loss of life. Therefore, it is imperative to maintain the electric grids' cybersecurity.    

3. What is the importance of smart grid cybersecurity?    

Smart grid systems help utilities in conserving energy, reducing costs, increasing transparency and reliability, and making processes highly efficient. However, the increased use of IT-based electric power systems increases cybersecurity vulnerabilities, leading to the increased need to adopt resilient cybersecurity solutions. Therefore, it is important for utilities to adopt smart grid cybersecurity solutions for data management and privacy concerns, layered security approaches, strategic issues, vulnerable areas, threat profiling, and maintaining electric grid cybersecurity.    

4. What are the cybersecurity challenges and solutions in the smart grid?    

Smart grid systems’ characteristics such as delay constraints, heterogeneity, scalability, bandwidth, and others make it quite challenging to deploy comprehensive and uniform security approaches across all network segments. As an IoT-based smart grid consists of millions of nodes, it has a large attack surface for an IoT-related cyberattack, which might have devastating effects on the reliability of the smart grid system.

Schneider Electric's cybersecurity solutions are backed by EcoStruxure Grid, an interoperable, open, and IoT-enabled platform, helping you make most of your data and integrate new and connected technologies in the energy sector. It delivers IoT solutions across Connected Products, Edge Control, Apps, Analytics, and Services, along with cybersecurity solutions.