Cyber security standards for power utilities: Two BIS groups to issue norms within 6 months

wo groups at the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), which are currently working to review and enhance the cyber-security standards for power utilities, are likely to issue them within next six months.

The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) — the apex policy advisory body in the electricity sector — submitted its report to Ministry of Power titled ‘Cyber Security in Power System’ on July 19, 2017. In this report, it raised the red flag and communicated to the government on “a perceived lack of security built into the smart grid systems” of Indian power sector and “an urgent need to develop a cyber security framework and regulatory response to address the specific security needs of the power sector in India”. This CEA report mentioned the two groups at BIS that have been working to issue cyber security standards.

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