The power sector is a crucial component of critical national infrastructure, and its continuous and resilient operation underpins the socioeconomic prosperity of any nation. Energy security is a priority in many regions of the world, as it is essential for economic growth and prosperity. As the power sector undergoes a rapid digital transformation, the companies involved in electricity generation, transmission, distribution, and related services are becoming more susceptible to cyberattacks. The power sector is particularly vulnerable to disruptions in energy supply because electricity cannot be easily stored; thus, it must be generated and consumed in real time. Cyberattacks can have a significant impact on the availability of electricity, which can have a ripple effect on the economy and society as a whole and quickly lead to widespread blackouts. This commentary examines some recent developments of and trends in cybersecurity in the power sector. It also examines challenges and solutions that may help policymakers and organizations improve their cybersecurity posture against evolving cyber risks and threats.
Research Lead Ahmed is a research lead in the Utilities and Renewables program at KAPSARC. He is an electrical engineer and holds… Ahmed is a research lead in the Utilities and Renewables program at KAPSARC. He is an electrical engineer and holds an M.Sc. degree in renewable energy systems from Loughborough University. Prior to joining KAPSARC he worked as an R&D engineer at the Saudi Electricity Company for over five years, heading the company’s research on renewables and energy storage, and working on a wide range of projects including solar power, EV charging, sorption cooling, and energy storage solutions. Ahmed’s current research focuses on power system modeling to help shape the future of the energy mix and the technologies that can contribute to achieving Saudi Arabia’s green targets.
- Renewable Energy
- Power System Modeling
- Energy Storage and Emerging Technologies
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The power sector is a crucial component of critical national infrastructure, and its continuous and…26th October 2023
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