Outdated Windows XP Could Spell Electricity Blackouts
Many electric and gas utilities in the United States use the Windows XP operating system. So, when Microsoft ends support for the software in April, utilities might find themselves at a security risk, according to a blog in the Wall Street Journal.
After April 8, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or technical support for Windows XP, making it vulnerable to cyber attacks, which could even cause electricity outages.
According to the Wall Street Journal article, it could cost some utilities millions of dollars to upgrade their operating system.
Last year, of all the cyber incidents reported to the Department of Homeland Security’s industrial control systems cyber emergency response team (ICS-CERT), 59 percent were related to the energy sector, says the WSJ.
The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) does conduct periodic grid security exercises to prepare the electricity sector to respond to a cyber incident and strengthen utilities’ crisis response functions.
- 6 Steps from Getting the Most From Every Lighting Retrofit
- Essential Guide to Lighting Retrofits and Upgrades
- The Top 5 Things You Should Know about Big Energy Data
- What You Need to Know About Demand Charges
- 2014 Environmental Leader Product and Project Awards
- Guide to Energy, Carbon and Environmental Software
- Energy Efficiency Ratings: Benchmarks that Drive Excellence in Building Design & Operations
- Integrated Building Optimization
- Act Local, Think Global: To Drive Agrifood Supply Chain Sustainability
- NAEM Research Report: Planning for a Sustainable Future
- Energy Efficiency Requires Engineering Efficiency
- Integrated Building Optimization: A Crucial Convergence of Demand-side and Supply-Side Energy Management Strategies
- Driving Productivity and Profit with Industrial Energy Management
- Energy Procurement in 2014: Products & Programs to Optimize Savings
- BUYING STRATEGIES IN A VOLATILE MARKET: What Businesses Need to Know about Retail Electricity Procurement