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Lights Out: Not So Fast
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Kelly Jackson Higgins
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Kelly Jackson Higgins,
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2/4/2016 | 4:46:01 PM
Re: Good, but
There indeed are real threats to critical infrastructure, including the power grid. But most ICS/SCADA experts say a mass outage like Ted Koppel is predicting is not likely in the US.
milo44
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milo44,
User Rank: Apprentice
2/4/2016 | 2:23:58 PM
Regulated? Not regulated?
"The [power] industry has been very resistant to what it regards as a return to a federal regulation of their industry," Koppel said. The feds can't dictate protections to the grid operators, he said, but only propose them via NERC."

Wait, I'm confused.  Koppel says the federal government needs to regulate the industry but can't.  NERC says FERC can and does.

From FERCs web site:

"What FERC Does
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, is an independent agency that regulates the interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas, and oil."

Whom did Mr Koppel consult before writing this book?  For god's sake this man is an internaltionally celebrated journalist!  Or at least he was.  Makes one wonder about his credibility...
Whoopty
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Whoopty,
User Rank: Ninja
2/4/2016 | 7:47:24 AM
Good, but
It's good to know such threats aren't as worrisome as they might otherwise be, but it's still good to consider potential problems that could stem from theoretical threats like this. If leading to better education for those working in the industry is the only outcome, that's a solid win for all of us.


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