Tropos Networks and Smart Grid News Create Web Clearinghouse for Grid Security

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The world's rapid move to a Smart Grid brings new benefits, but also new dangers - in particular, vulnerability to cyber attacks. Smart Grid News - the Web's No. 1 resource on grid modernization - has launched a Security channel with commentary from some of the world's top security experts, plus a rich resource library covering a full range of security technologies. The effort was underwritten by Tropos Networks, a leader in secure wireless broadband networks.

Every smart grid project needs security 'baked in' from the start

If there's a single issue that could derail the Smart Grid, it is security. The same technologies that turn the grid into an "Internet for electricity" also make it vulnerable to cyber terrorists and to the theft of private data.

Just last year the CIA's top cyber security analyst, Tom Donahue, revealed: "We have information, from multiple regions outside the United States, of cyber intrusions into utilities, followed by extortion demands." And earlier this year the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), aware of rising cyber attacks on U.S. utilities, revised security standards for the bulk power system and has additional standards under development.

Recognizing that utility professionals urgently need to stay ahead of the security curve, Smart Grid News has launched a Smart Grid Security channel to monitor news, trends and technical changes. In addition, SGN has recruited leading experts to provide exclusive updates, while building out a library of technical resources.

"Every smart grid project needs security 'baked in' from the start," said Smart Grid News Founding Editor Jesse Berst. "But that requires utilities to quickly get up to speed in a bewildering variety of new protocols, standards and regulatory mandates. We are dedicated to finding the very best experts and resources to help utilities stay up to date and a step ahead of the criminals."

"The electric power industry is looking for more information on security, and the credibility and popularity of Smart Grid News makes this a great clearinghouse to get this message out," said security expert Jack Danahy, a regular contributor to the Smart Grid Security Channel. Danahy is the holder of five security technology patents and an internationally recognized speaker and writer on issues of information security and infrastructure protection.

"We are deeply grateful to Tropos Networks for underwriting this effort to make our grid safer," said SGN's Berst. "Tropos has multiple years of experience in delivering highly reliable and secure networks for mission critical applications to utilities and municipalities."."

"Tropos is the leader in providing intelligent wireless broadband solutions with the resiliency, performance, adaptability, manageability and security needed for Smart Grids," noted Tom Ayers, Tropos President and CEO. "It made sense to partner with Smart Grid News, the leader in providing up-to-date news and information on grid modernization."

About Smart Grid News
Smart Grid News is the sector's oldest, largest and highest-ranked specialty site. It produces daily news analysis, a weekly email summary, the sector's only hands-on product reviews, and the Web's largest collection of Smart Grid-specific resources, including research papers, case studies and stimulus tools. It features exclusive content from some of the world's leading Smart Grid experts, including Charles River Associates, EnerNex Corporation, Horizon Energy, Lux Research, Newton-Evans Research, Pacific Crest, Pike Research and many others.

About Tropos Networks
Tropos® Networks is the worldwide market leader in intelligent wireless IP broadband mesh networks that enable customers to own and control a smart, affordable, IP foundation for deploying applications and services that build greener, safer, smarter communities and utilities. Tropos has more than 750 customers in over 30 countries around the world using the patented Tropos System Architecture to build Smart Cities and Smart Grids that are reliable, scalable and secure. Founded in 2000, Tropos is headquartered in the United States in Sunnyvale, California. For more information, please visit

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