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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is revising its smart grid guidance to address vulnerabilities and privacy issues that have become more of a concern over the past few years, reports BankInfoSecurity. While the U.S. power grid is years away from being a true smart grid, NIST says in the draft of the guidance, "Approaches to secure these technologies and to protect privacy must be designed and implemented early in the transition to the smart grid." Rebecca Herold, CIPP/US, CIPM, CIPP/IT, who leads NIST’s Smart Grid Cybersecurity Committee’s privacy subgroup, told the Daily Dashboard the new draft will “allow all players in the smart grid to proactively address privacy issues as they create the wide variety of services and components involved, instead of waiting until after the fact, and after privacy incidents, to try to tack privacy on as an after-thought, which is never nearly as effective—as history has taught us.”
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