FERC chief: Physical threats to grid more worrisome than cyberattack

11/26/2012 | Smart Grid News · Bloomberg Businessweek

A single terrorist with a high-powered rifle could cause as much damage to the U.S. power grid as a cyberattack, according to Jon Wellinghoff, chairman of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, who calls lax physical security the biggest threat facing the nation's energy sector. Wellinghoff -- whose agency recently released a joint report on grid security with the National Academy of Sciences -- says utilities need to do more to protect critical equipment such as transformers, most of which remain unprotected and can take months to rebuild in the event of an attack.

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