Today’s LiveWire Spotlight evaluates NERC’s GridEx IV final report which summarizes the findings from a simulation held last November of a large-scale coordinated cyber/physical attack on the BES. The report includes observations and recommendations that could materially improve the industry’s cyber and physical security resilience if effectively addressed.

The four Grid Security Exercises conducted since 2011 have contributed extensively to the industry’s ability to withstand a coordinated cyber/physical attack. But new attack vectors appear regularly and there is no sign that vigilance can be relaxed.