Colonial Pipeline hack highlights risks to the grid

Energy expert Yury Dvorkin comments on what the Colonial Pipeline attack means for the energy infrastructure.

The cyberattack on Colonial Pipeline illustrates how difficult it will be for electric utilities to protect their grids from disruptioneven when attacks are primarily targeting information technology (IT) systems. 

In this article Yury Dvorkin, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at NYU Tandon, argues that the attack revealed a "gap" in critical infrastructure security.

He points out that energy systems need tools to analyze, localize and isolate cyber threats "before they propagate and affect large portions of the infrastructure, thus increasing the likelihood of complete shut downs," he said, pointing to artificial intelligence and machine learning as a possible solution.