The physical infrastructure of the U.S. electric grid is aging, overburdened and vulnerable to natural hazards.
The bad news is that efforts to solve these issues have opened the door to new vulnerabilities.
New approaches that transform how energy is produced, delivered and consumed have created increased reliance on complex data flows, interconnected systems and sophisticated technologies–i.e., the new smart grid.
But with smarter systems come equally smart hackers. Cyberattacks can come in many forms, all with the real risk of phyical harm to the system.