2 Mar 2012

FAST FIX: Cyber security expert Alan Paller questions security of U.S. power grid

Written by Jim Pierobon

Alan Paller, a prominent cyber security authority at the Maryland-based SANS Institute who leads the widely-used Internet Storm Center, was asked during a recent presentation to a Google-sponsored Maryland Cybersecurity Seminar in College Park, MD how he rates the security of the U.S. power grid.

Alan Paller of the SANS Institute. CREDIT: http://hector.wcitac.org

On a scale of “1” to “10”, with 10 being absolutely secure and 1 being extremely vulnerable, his answer:  “1”.

When asked to elaborate, he declined. He gave more than a few indications that what he and his colleagues know could tip off a hacker.

The SANS Institute is located in Bethesda, MD.It is a leading source of information security training through  several delivery methods including live and  virtual conferences, mentors, online, and onsite. Its computer security courses are developed by industry leaders in fields such as network security, forensics, audit, security leadership, and application security. It counts more than 115,000 “alumni” now working in cyber defense, offense, and law enforcement in more than 60 countries.

The Internet Storm Center, created in 2001, is widely viewed as THE early warning system for the Internet. It produces an annual “Greatest Risks in Cyber Security” study.

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