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Nuclear Power Plants as Critical Energy Infrastructure

March 2, 2017—In late May 1958, the president addressed the nation from the White House via radio and television, heralding the dawn of a new type of electricity-generating technology.

“This plant—using the power of the atom to supply electrical power—represents what can be done, not only in America, but throughout the world, to put the atom to work for the good of mankind…” President Dwight Eisenhower said.

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Why utilities say grid security is the most pressing sector issue of 2017

In December 2015, grid control center operators in Ukraine watched helplessly as their cursors moved across their computer displays, clicking substations offline. They frantically struggled to retake control until being involuntarily logged out.

Before the cyber attack ended, three stations were seized and over 225,000 Ukrainian electricity customers lost power. The hackers also shut down the three centers’ uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), leaving the operators themselves in the dark, according to a detailed study of the incident by the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC).

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