Cyber Security Report Endorses Four Connecticut Utility Companies

Matt Dwyer
September 18, 2018 - 4:18 pm

State of Connecticut Cybersecurity Risk Officer Art House. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

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(WTIC-AM) -- A new state report validates the cyber security efforts of four Connecticut utility companies.  

The report says Eversource, Aquarion, Connecticut Water, and Avangrid are hiring essential staff and making the investments needed to protect themselves from digital attacks.  

State Cybersecurity Risk Officer Art House says he worries about attacks from a nation-state or cyber mercenaries from middle or eastern Europe.

"[As a region] we have never dealt with electrical outages beyond a couple of weeks.  That is what keeps me up at night," House said. "Where would the breaking point be? It would be in water. You can put an extra blanket on, you can probably find a can of soup, but without water you die, and you go to where water is."

Connecticut's utility companies say they were not notified of any intrusions into their systems, after the federal Department of Homeland Security revealed in July that Russian hackers had access electric company systems around the US.