Green Energy


Solar

 

Hackers infiltrated the safety systems used in energy plants thereby halting operations in at least one facility. In this attack the safety systems were ‘fooled’ into thinking everything was functioning normally, while hackers were actually taking control covertly. Significantly, intelligence experts have predicted that this attack will likely be replicated. The worry is that such attacks could easily infiltrate the renewables sector as well

Fraser McLachlan, CEO GCube Insurance, major provider of insurance for renewable energy projects

 

In Europe there is over 90 GW of photovoltaic power installed. An attacker capable of controlling the flow of power from a large number of these devices could therefore cause peaks or dips of several gigawatts, causing massive balancing issues which may lead to large-scale power outages

 Willem Westerhof, cybersecurity researcher

 

Wind

 

Hackers take control of an entire network of wind turbines at a U.S. wind farm using a Raspberry-Pi-based card with a cellular module for remote access to programmable automation controllers. This was a successful experiment that showed just how easy it was to do

Ann R. Thryft, EE Times

In North America, wind farms of capacity over 75 MW are required to meet cyber security standards set by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s critical infrastructure protection. Non-compliance can result in financial penalties of up to $1 million per day.

New Energy Update

As new energy technologies contribute more to the power grid, their vulnerability to cyber attack has come under the spotlight.

 

While the traditional energy sector has been under pressure to ramp up cyber protection, incidents like the wind farm white hat hack show just how vulnerable industries like wind and solar power remain.

 

Presenting a relatively soft target to hackers – they are highly connected, rely heavily on industrial sensors and are generally not as well secured as the traditional energy sector – new green energy technologies are the frontier of industrial sensor, IoT, HMI and SCADA security.

 

IXDen provides the technology to secure solar, wind and other renewable energy sectors against cyber attack. It does this by protecting data at its source, ensuring the integrity of the data coming from industrial sensors and IoT devices.