Smart Grid Security

The new technology being used to create the smart grid is constantly evolving, creating new security issues regularly.

As utility companies continue to adopt new technologies, it is important to have them tested to ensure that proper privacy and security precautions are in place. SecureState can analyze and test these technologies through a variety of services to ensure the safety and security of consumers' power supply.


Regular testing of your Smart Grid security will help identify new vulnerabilities, risks, and changes in your environment. This will also facilitate continual compliance with regulatory requirements.


SecureState’s experience covers corporate programs that were implemented using the NIST and ISO frameworks, nuclear programs using NEI 0404 framework, and SGMI programs using NIST 800-53 frameworks.

Detailed Approach

The evolution of the nation’s electric power grid into an advanced digital infrastructure brings with it new vulnerabilities, attack vectors, and consequences of a breach. SecureState will assess the security posture of your organization’s smart grid implementation to ensure that it meets NISTIR 7628 Guidelines for Smart Grid Cyber Security.

SecureState will use the NISTIR 7628 framework to assess the maturity of your organization’s security controls and their capability to minimize risks to smart grid components and systems. SecureState’s assessment will identify risks to the loss of confidentiality, integrity, and availability of smart grid components. SecureState’s approach to auditing an entity to a particular standard is based on the Cyber Security Evaluation Tool and the consulting teams combined knowledge in the electric utility space. This approach gives SecureState and its clients a consistent and repeatable process to perfect and build upon. Typical risks to smart grid security include:

  • Increased footprint leading to more attack vectors, millions of devices and hundreds of networks
  • Vulnerabilities in one system leaving another open to attack and the potential for cascading failures
  • Increased opportunity for attacker to obtain confidential customer data through man-in-the-middle or similar attacks

The (NISTR 7628) risk assessment will result in a roadmap to guide your organization in the remediation of risks to smart grid components and customer data. The remediation roadmap will include the following:

  • Remediation strategies, potentially including network segmentation, end-to-end encryption, system hardening, implementation of monitoring and alerting, and patch management
  • Program, policy and procedure updates, as well as, recommended process controls
  • Strategy strengths, weaknesses, and costs
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