Chapter 7

Securing the Supply Chain

Information in this chapter:

• Smart Grid supply chain

• The chain in the supply chain

“Security is only as strong as its weakest link.” This simple statement is a fundamental foundation of the information security industry. Simply put, the use of compromised hardware or software undoes any efforts to deliver a safe and secure system. One of the biggest challenges with the supply chain, is that these vulnerabilities are invariably outside the control of the grid operator, and most certainly the end consumer. Although this may be seen as an unlikely event, there has been recognition by the Department of Homeland Security that there have been instances where electronics sold in the United States have been preloaded ...

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