Saturday, December 22, 2018
Senate quietly votes for reinforcing power grid with older technology backups; can government shutdown affect cybersecurity?
The Senate has reportedly passed a plan to “dumb down” the power grid, which means retrofitting it with more manually controlled methods to restore power in case of cyber attacks which, however, would require air-gap jumping to attack. Aaron Boyd reports for Nextgov. The current government shutdown has no effect on this/
Fifthdomain reports that slightly more of DHS is still on the job with the partial government shutdown for probably all of Christmas week now, and that includes all the critical response to cyberthreats.
But US Cert might not be able to send out its typical warnings to Internet users and installations.
In the video above, Ted Koppel really didn’t cover how air-gapping works in his book, as I best recall.