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Electric Utility Infrastructure Vulnerabilities: Transformers, Towers, and Terrorism
Amy Abel (au); Paul W. Parfomak (au); Dana A. Shea (au)
The U.S. electric power system has historically operated at such a high level of reliability that any major outage, either caused by sabotage, weather, or operational errors, makes news headlines. The transmission system is extensive, consisting mainly of transformers, switches, transmission towers and lines, control centers, and computer controls. A spectrum of threats exists to the electric system ranging from weather-related to terrorist attacks, including physical attacks, as well as attacks on computer systems, or cyber attacks. The high-voltage (HV) transformers are arguably the most critical component of the transmission systemäó»s physical infrastructure. Contents of this report: (1) Introduction and Overview: Regulatory Overlay; Issues Relating to Electric Restructuring; (2) Transmission System Physical Vulnerability: Electric Power High Voltage Transformers; Criticality of HV Transformers; Vulnerability of HV Transformers; Control Center Characteristics and Physical Vulnerabilities; Transmission Tower Characteristics and Vulnerabilities; Industry Security Initiatives äóî Physical Infrastructure; Government Security Initiatives äóî Physical Infrastructure; (3) Cyber Systems in the Electric Utility Industry; (4) Policy Issues: Physical Security Issues; Cyber-security Issues. Tables and figures. This is a print on demand report.
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