Serious as a Brain Attack – DOD Energy Blog

Recent government and news reports have highlighted the vulnerability associated with our increasingly interconnected world. Hackers have been around since the dawn of Donkey Kong, but the sophistication of today’s complex information technology systems and the vital organisms they control have escalated their importance and the difficulty of protecting them. The distribution systems that support our grid are the circulatory system for the source of the nation’s vitality. These new threats are serious as a heart attack and just as potentially fatal. More appropriately, they are like a blood clot in the brain because they attack the intelligent aspect of grid management and could affect us at any time. Today, the DoD has no control over the prophylactic measures required to secure their energy sources. That responsibilities lie with the local utilities and DoD is at their mercy.