Today’s highly successful smart grids have become comprehensive IoT networks with millions of connected meters that share massive real time data about people, businesses and energy consumption. The valuable insight they provide enables consumers to save on energy bills and utilities and energy players to better balance supply and demand. It is also crucial information to help integrate renewable energy sources, helping to improve sustainability. As the marketplace and number of connections continues to expand by an estimated 30% each year1, so does the cyberattack surface. The motivations for hacking this critical infrastructure are high and diverse: energy consumption fraud, insight into households’ activity and absence, grid instability, pressure on governments, ID theft. Digital security is paramount to an efficient grid´s success.
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Gemalto protects and secures the expanding smart grid sector
The dedicated Gemalto cybersecurity solution for electric utilities establishes a foundation of trust at the very core of the ecosystem by establishing end-to-end security between energy meters, data concentrators and energy companies’ back-end systems. Rugged and reliable IoT connectivity modules ensure 24/7 data availability. A strong and unique digital identity system is implemented at the manufacturing stage to ensure devices and applications can strongly authenticate themselves, proving their legitimacy to access sensitive data. Leading-edge encryption technology safeguards against data tampering and strong security lifecycle management enables remote security and data access updates, without costly truck rolls.
“The smart energy ecosystem is one of the most advanced in terms of security requirements because of the potentially disastrous consequences of malicious hacking,” said Guillaume Lafaix, senior vice president Mobile Services and IoT, Gemalto. “The Gemalto cybersecurity solution for Utilities ensures the integrity and confidentiality of smart meter data while defending against hacking and emerging threats that are typical to this business.”
To learn more about the Gemalto cyber-security solution for Utilities, please visit us at African Utility Week from May 15-17 in Cape Town. Or check our dedicated webpages:
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From secure software to biometrics and encryption, our technologies and services enable businesses and governments to authenticate identities and protect data so they stay safe and enable services in personal devices, connected objects, the cloud and in between.
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