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Raytheon and Utilidata alliance tackles grid security threats

Steve Rogerson
February 15, 2017
Raytheon and Utilidata have formed an alliance to help power utilities proactively detect, defend against and respond to cyber threats.
The effort will combine Rhode Island-based Utilidata's experience in the use of real-time data from the electrical grid to detect and respond to cyber attacks and Raytheon's expertise in proactive cyber threat hunting, automation and managed security services to provide cyber-security, analytics and other technologies.
"With this alliance, Raytheon will expand our presence in the critical infrastructure market by delivering next-generation, defence-grade cyber-security capabilities to power utilities," said Dave Wajsgras, president of Massachusetts-based Raytheon's intelligence, information and services business.
Power utility companies have invested heavily in making the power distribution system smarter, more efficient and more connected since the early 2000s. Such innovations are pillars of the energy economy, but they can make the grid vulnerable to cyber attacks. The integrated services offered by Utilidata and Raytheon, including cyber monitoring, post-attack forensics analysis, and short and long-term strategic capabilities aim to limit risks and enhance cyber-security to prevent future attacks.
"Power utilities face unique challenges that make planning and response to cyber attacks more difficult," said Scott DePasquale, chairman and CEO of Utilidata. "With more and more devices and systems connected to the internet, and all of them needing electrical power, these challenges are increasing exponentially. This new alliance will help define the future of cyber-security in the power utilities sector."
In December 2015, a cyber attack shut down a large section of the Ukrainian power grid – an incident that the Department of Energy identified in the 2017 instalment of the Quadrennial Energy Review as an indicator of what is possible.
Utilidata is a software company that works with electric utilities to enhance energy efficiency and grid security. The company's technology captures real-time data from the grid, giving utilities information needed to save energy, mitigate issues caused by distributed energy resources and better detect grid anomalies. Clients include American Electric Power, National Grid and Pacific Gas & Electric.
Raytheon Company, with 2016 sales of $24bn and 63,000 employees, specialises in defence, civil government and cyber-security.