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Public Utilities, Second Edition

Old Problems, New Challenges

David E. McNabb

A thoroughly updated introduction to the current issues and challenges facing managers and administrators in the investor and publicly owned utility industry, this engaging volume addresses management concerns in five sectors of the utility industry: electric power, natural gas, water, wastewater systems and public transit.
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Chapter 19: Public utility physical and cybersecurity challenges

David E. McNabb

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In 2010, a large communications services provider described the security threat to U.S. and other nations’ utilities as placing them in Among the threats they saw on the horizon with the potential physical damage to utility infrastructure was the growing incidence of cyberattacks on the computer and communications systems of public utilities. These systems make up the electronic nerve system that must be protected against internal and external threats of malicious damage to utilities’ operations and distributions systems. The service provider added that the federal government has evidence that shows that many utilities’ computer systems have already have been breached, and that bits of code left behind can be activated in time of war or a terrorist attack to bring down major portions of the U.S. electric grid, water and transportation systems and other essential infrastructure and public service systems. This chapter looks at ways utilities plan for the operational crises caused by these man-made hazards along with the many natural disasters that they must deal with on a regular basis. The crisis amelioration methods already in place are equally valuable for dealing with crises caused by terrorists.Environmental hazards can be any situation or state of events that pose a threat to the surrounding work, community or natural environment, and which adversely affect people’s health. Categories are shown in . This term includes topics like pollution and natural disasters such as storms and earthquakes and many more. Environmental hazards can be categorized in six types: natural, chemical, physical, mechanical, biological and...

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