APPLICATION NOTE 5926

Battling Threats in the Smart Grid Supply Chain

By: Kris Ardis

Abstract: Security in the smart grid gets a lot of attention, but usually the discussion focuses on encryption of data. To truly secure the grid, we need to consider threats that are present even before a smart meter or other device is deployed. This article shares many examples of potential threats in the smart grid space, in particular threats that can appear when we consider the life cycle and supply chain of a smart meter. We also discuss tools available today to help combat those threats.