As tensions with North Korea increase, DoD frets the power grid

The Pentagon is currently exploring options to fortify the U.S. power grid and other vital infrastructure against possible nuclear or cyber attacks launched by North Korea and Iran.

Currently the Pentagon’s tech development wing, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is working with BAE Systems to develop a system that would identify major targets of an attack and reroute military and civilian vital infrastructure to minimize damage.

DARPA’s Rapid Attack Detection, Isolation and Characterization Systems (RADICS) project is in the early stages of development and not likely to be ready for use until around 2020.

In a statement, the military research agency explained its goals, saying:

DARPA is interested, specifically, in early warning of impending attacks, situation awareness, network isolation and threat characterization in response to a widespread and persistent cyber-attack on the power grid and its dependent systems. Potentially relevant technologies include anomaly detection, planning and automated reasoning, mapping of conventional and industrial control systems networks, ad hoc network formation, analysis of industrial control systems protocols, and rapid forensic characterization of cyber threats in industrial control system devices.

For years, top experts have warned of how extremely vulnerable the U.S.’s critical infrastructure is to attack from combative nations or even lone wolf hackers.

As international tensions heat up, the government is scrambling to invest resources in companies already working to find solutions to the problem. If you are an investor, the recent DARPA announcement signals that now is the time to invest what are sure to become key players in the military-industrial complex.

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