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Continent Wide False Flag Alert: "Knockout Blow" Drill on the Power Grid.
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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
14, 2013

North American wide distributed
play exercise

Executive “policy trigger” table top exercise on 14 November

More in the PDF file:

The 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.

The 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 power grid.

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 H├ębert, a former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said at a recent conference held by the Bipartisan Policy Center.

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.


If 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 at night.

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?

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