If the UK power supply were to be hit by a catastrophic cyber-attack, realistically, how might it happen and what would the economic consequences be? Those were questions that researchers at the Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies examined in a new report out yesterday: Integrated Infrastructure: Cyber resiliency in Society, funded by Lockheed Martin. As always, the answers in our sector are, it depends – but in the worst case scenario looked at – losses over five years could total £442 billion wiped off UK GDP. And the most plausible route chosen was not a direct hit on a control centre, but bringing down substations and causing blackouts over several weeks with power down for half the period for up to 13 million people.
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ORIGINAL SOURCE: SC Magazine