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***ALERT*** ***ALERT*** ***ALERT***
Continent Wide False Flag Alert: "Knockout Blow" Drill on the Power Grid.
As Worries Over the Power Grid Rise, a Drill Will Simulate a Knockout Blow.
GridEx II / GridSecCon Update
Grid Security Exercise / Grid Security
GridEx II Overview
NERC will host GridEx 2013 on November 13
North American wide distributed
Executive “policy trigger” table top exercise on 14 November
objectives of the NERC Grid Security Exercise (GridEx) series are to
exercise the current readiness of participating Electricity Sub-sector
entities to respond to a cyber incident and provide input for
security program improvements to the bulk power system. GridEx
is a biennial international grid security exercise that uses best
practices and other contributions from the Department of Homeland
Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the National
Institute of Standards and Technology.
NERC conducted the first sector-wide grid security exercise,
GridEx 2011, on November 16-17, 2011. The exercise was designed to
validate the readiness of the Electricity Sub-sector to respond to a
cyber incident, strengthen utilities’ crisis response functions, and
provide input for internal security program improvements. The GridEx
2011 after-action report is below.
On November 13-14, 2013, GridEx II will exercise NERC and
industry crisis response plans and identify actionable improvement
recommendations for plans, security programs, and skills. The scenario
will build on lessons learned from GridEx 2011 and include both
cybersecurity and physical security components.
electric grid, as government and private experts describe it, is the
glass jaw of American industry. If an adversary lands a knockout blow,
they fear, it could black out vast areas of the continent for weeks;
interrupt supplies of water, gasoline, diesel fuel and fresh food; shut
down communications; and create disruptions of a scale that was only
hinted at by Hurricane Sandy and the attacks of Sept. 11.
This is why thousands of utility workers, business executives,
National Guard officers, F.B.I. antiterrorism experts and officials from
government agencies in the United States, Canada and Mexico are
preparing for an emergency drill in November that will simulate physical
attacks and cyberattacks that could take down large sections of the
They will practice for a crisis unlike anything the real grid
has ever seen, and more than 150 companies and organizations have signed
up to participate.
“This is different from a hurricane that hits X, Y and Z
counties in the Southeast and they have a loss of power for three or
four days,” said the official in charge of the drill, Brian M. Harrell
of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, known as NERC.
“We really want to go beyond that.”
One goal of the drill, called GridEx II, is to explore how
governments would react as the loss of the grid crippled the supply
chain for everyday necessities.
“If we fail at electricity, we’re going to fail miserably,”
Curt Hébert, a former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission, said at a recent conference held by the Bipartisan Policy
Mr. Harrell said that previous exercises were based on the
expectation that electricity “would be up and running relatively quick”
after an attack.
Now, he said, the goal is to “educate the federal government on
what their expectations should or shouldn’t be.” The industry held a
smaller exercise two years ago in which 75 utilities, companies and
agencies participated, but this one will be vastly expanded and will be
carried out in a more anxious mood.
Most of the participants will join the exercise from their
workplaces, with NERC, in Washington, announcing successive failures.
One example, organizers say, is a substation break-in that officials
initially think is an attempt to steal copper. But instead, the intruder
uses a USB drive to upload a virus into a computer network.
you can't live without electricity for 3-4 days, you are in serious
trouble. If you own a business, keep on hand enough cash to make change,
keep on hand one of the old credit card cachunka sliders that copies
credit card numbers, or even a pencil and pad to write the numbers down.
The world will not end if the electricity goes out, but it will become less convenient.
If you don't know how to build a fire, learn. Sad days are
these when people don't even know how to use a pack of matches, but they
can spend hours upon hours staring at a computer screen. Too bad it
can't keep you warm or cook your food.
Drills are good. Practice. Get back to the basics. Remember what it takes to maintain your life on this earth.
Got enough candles and oil lamps to light your way at night? Can you even light a candle?
If new choices aren't made, a return to the dark ages are
imminent. And by DARK, I don't just mean that you won't be able to see
Do your own drill. Turn your power off and check to see how
unprepared you are. Never let an opportunity pass by without learning a
little something about yourself and your situation.
Can you cook without a microwave? Is your food preserved
without a refrigerator? Will your toilette flush? How will you clean
your clothes? How will you clean yourself?