"The electrical grid is being modernized and transformed into a smart grid"
Those requirements will drive major investments in smart grid cyber security over the next several years, according to a recent report from Pike Research. The cleantech market intelligence firm estimates that cyber security spending will represent approximately 15% of total smart grid capital investment between now and 2015.
Cumulative investment in the security sector will reach $21 billion between 2010 and 2015, with annual revenue reaching $3.7 billion by 2015. While North America will account for the largest share of the market in that year, with revenue of $1.5 billion, other regions will experience rapid growth also, including Asia Pacific ($1.2 billion) and Europe ($784 million).
"The electrical grid is being modernized and transformed into a smart grid," says senior analyst Bob Gohn, "but industry players have recognized that you can't have a smart grid without smart security. That's why total investment in these critical technology upgrades will grow at a rapid pace within the next few years."
Smart grid deployments result in control networks and IT networks that are more integrated, leading to increased vulnerability to cyber attacks. One of the key elements for the adoption of stronger security for smart grids is interoperable smart grid standards; thus, the U.S. government has appointed the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop such standards for interoperability between disparate systems and industry participants.
Pike Research's report, "Smart Grid Cyber Security", analyzes global market trends in terms of business drivers, technologies, standards, objectives, and requirements. The report examines five key cyber security categories: policy/planning/awareness, equipment protection and configuration management, monitoring and incidence response, access/audit/integrity, and risk management.
It includes profiles of key industry players and detailed market forecasts for world regions, segmented by application, through 2015. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the firm's website.