A nearly daily update of energy-related news:
- At the Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI) annual conference this week, international security analyst Keren Elazari’s presentation challenged electric utilities to hire “friendly hackers” to help test and secure their systems from cyberattacks. Elazari stated that while the utility industry is working hard on this issue, there is more to be done. She says “Focus not just on who and why, but more on how and when an attack will strike your organization. Watch the attacks on other sectors and look for patterns.” Elazari advised that by sharing, collaborating and innovating with “friendly hackers,” the industry can prevent potential threats before they occur.
- Using data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the International Monetary Fund, Newsweek released a map with the 50 U.S. states renamed for countries with similar GDPs. In this map, Texas, the country’s second largest state economy, is shown to have a similar GDP as Brazil. In 2015, Texas produced $1.64 trillion of economic output placing it behind California with an economic output of $2.44 trillion. Texas is ranked as the world’s 10th largest economy.