Threats to the Power Grid: The Collision of Extreme Weather and Cybersecurity

July 9, 2024
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The U.S. power grid faces challenges in extreme weather and cyberattack threats, which can significantly amplify the impact of disruptions and economic losses. Learn about federal initiatives to protect the U.S. power grid with this piece from Dynics.

The need to protect the power grid is heating up just like the temperature outside. Millions across the U.S. have been affected by the extreme heatwave blanketing states from the west coast to the midwest onto the east coast. On top of that, wildfires have broken out in California and New Mexico, and hurricane season is projected to be one of the worst in history. While this all spells many concerns, for our purposes it means that the country’s energy grid needs to be more resilient than ever before. Add on the rising threat cyberattacks on these critical infrastructure networks play, and you have a perfect storm.


According to a study led by Johns Hopkins, the University of California, Berkeley, and the New York University (NYU) Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP), hackers are leveraging these weather trends to target energy systems when they are at their most vulnerable. Through carefully designed modeling, the researchers were able to summarize what would happen if such hackers were successful at committing this kind of timed cyberattack. The study, titled “Operational and economy-wide impacts of compound cyber-attacks and extreme weather events on electric power networks,” concluded that an attack carried out in the wake of a weather event increased the potential impact three times more than a “standalone” cyberattack. On top of that local economies could experience a 37% drop in economic activity if faced with a compound threat.

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DYNICS traces its beginnings to 1988 with the founding of Ann Arbor Technologies. Established in 1997, DYNICS has 20 years of experience creating quality industrial hardware, data acquisition and visualization software, along with OT Cybersecurity solutions for the industrial marketplace. Dynics proudly designs and builds industrial hardware in our state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in the United States, and develops software and OT cybersecurity solutions from our headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Our products are proudly MADE IN AMERICA.

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