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Utilities on high alert as phishing attempts, cyber probing spike related to Coronavirus

March 9, 2020

On its face, a link between the Coronavirus and electric grid security may not be obvious. But experts say the virus — and the related news frenzy — can pose a threat to utilities.

At the same time, while COVID-19 may be a new virus, the scenario faced by utilities is not.

“There have been a few experiences over [the] last couple of decades that have really crystallized for this industry the value of continuity planning,” EEI Vice President of Security and Preparedness Scott Aaronson told Utility Dive. “Y2K was a really interesting opportunity as we became more digitized, and realized the potential exposure.”

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