There is a clear, significant threat to electricity distribution grids.
A sustained failure of the electricity grid has the potential for devastating consequences. From transportation, to health and human and services, to food security, virtually every infrastructure is dependent on the grid.
While distribution utilities are well-practiced at restoring grids after adverse weather or asset failure, Accenture research has revealed that only half of utility executives thought they were well-prepared for the challenges of an interruption from cyber attack.
Putting cybersecurity at the core of the smart grid will be critical for distribution businesses to fulfill their core mandate of delivering reliable power to society. To do so, distribution utilities will need to make bold moves toward a more resilient power delivery system.