Lockheed contracted for grid security

Feb. 1, 2011 at 12:27 PM
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ROCKVILLE, Md., Feb. 1 (UPI) -- The city of Idaho Falls, Idaho, is to receive cybersecurity support from Lockheed Martin for a smart power grid project by the Idaho Falls Power Co.

As an initial project, Lockheed Martin will support the company as it implements a citywide, two-way communications Advanced Metering Infrastructure that will allow it to securely collect and analyze energy readings from advanced energy meters.

Lockheed will be responsible for assessing the AMI network architecture. It will perform risk assessment, identify security requirements and recommend design elements and controls to mitigate vulnerabilities.

It will later perform penetration testing and establish operational controls for the operations and maintenance of the systems once they are in place.

"We have experience building and securing enterprise-wide cybersecurity programs for many of our customers and we have tailored and implemented our security approach specifically for the unique environment of the U.S. utility sector," said Ken Van Meter, principal, Lockheed Martin Energy Solutions. "We're proud to help Idaho Falls Power as they build this capability and secure such an important part of their smart grid infrastructure."

The Idaho Falls Power Company project is part of the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act.

Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming, in addition to Idaho, are part of the regional initiative.

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