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Exposed: How America’s Electric Grids Are Becoming Greener, Smarter — and More Vulnerable

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There is a tradeoff between making the nation’s electricity grid smarter and greener and making it secure. Policymakers, Mark Mills explains, have not yet assessed that tradeoff properly: “The key issue is not today’s security but tomorrow’s. Here the risks are growing rapidly.

The push for ‘greener’ and ‘smarter’ grids requires far greater grid-Internet connectivity to ensure the continuous delivery of electricity. These greener, smarter grids will involve a vast expansion of the Internet of Things that greatly increases the cyberattack surface available to malicious hackers and hostile nation-state entities. […] Comparatively trivial sums are directed at ensuring that grids are more secure, compared with the vast funding to promote, subsidize, and deploy green energy on grids.

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