June 2011 Vol. 238 No. 6

In The News

FERC Official Says Cyber Security Risks Can Come From Insiders

The threat of cyber attack is a very real issue with serious implications for U.S. energy companies and government agencies and the threat is as likely to come from a trusted employee, a disgruntled former employee or a business rival as from a terrorist attack, computer hackers or even solar flares, a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) official said on Platts Energy Week. “Although there are some people who are intent on interrupting or damaging equipment…there are also financial incentives for criminals,” said Joseph McClelland, director of FERC’s Office of Electric Reliability. Cyber attacks can be used by technically savvy customers to

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