Q&A: For Connecticut cybersecurity officer, renewables mean new risks

Energy News Network: Connecticut’s public utilities are at risk.

Cybersecurity threats are growing in number and degree of seriousness, according to a new report from the state. Last month, Gov. Dannel Malloy released the state’s second annual review of utility cybersecurity, which found that despite millions of attempts, there were no cyber breaches of the major utility companies delivering electricity, natural gas, and water across the state. Attempted hacks varied from a few thousand to more than 10 million, depending on the week, and came from every continent. A successful cyber attack might mean stealing customer data, infecting utility’s computer software, or even causing a statewide blackout.

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