APT CyberSecurity solutions for electric power Internet of Things IoT

Prepare for SB-327 in 2020

Tuesday November 5th, 2019 – APT is testing CyberSecurity solutions for electrical power intelligent devices like relays, meters, generators, transfer switches, and uninterruptible power supplies.

New CA SB-327 effective in 2020 – Most of the electrical equipment in your own distribution system has communications capabilities that can be exploited by a bad actor.  The state of California has enacted legislation to try and reduce this risk in SB-327 which becomes effective on Jan 1st, 2020:

Beginning on January 1, 2020, SB-327 requires manufacturers of connected devices, as those terms are defined, to equip each device with a reasonable security feature or features that are appropriate to the nature and function of the device, appropriate to the information it may collect, contain, or transmit, and designed to protect the device and any information contained therein from unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification, or disclosure, as specified.


Typical Substation Connected Devices

What does this mean? – APT interprets this new legislation as requiring secure Serial to Ethernet gateways and secure Ethernet switches to be installed with any new equipment that is connected via serial, wireless or Ethernet.  Furthermore, APT has determined that the new (and any existing connected) intelligent electrical devices require default passwords to be changed.

Simple measures protect against hackers.

APT provides on site service to comply with the requirements of SB-327 for every connected electrical device.  These services include:

  1. Assessment of the customer’s electrically connected devices, networks, and infrastructure.
  2. Installation of new secure Serial to Ethernet gateways and secure Ethernet switches for electrical devices at the customer’s site.
  3. Procedures for the physical change of each electrical device’s default password.
  4. Compliance stickers for the electrical devices that have been secured.

If you are interested in proactively securing your electrical distribution system against these threats, contact APT and we’ll get started right away.