Thousands of federal government and electric utility employees are conducting a two-day exercise (GridEx II) to examine the impacts of, and possible responses to, a nationwide collapse of the electric grid due to cyberterror or other attacks.
As depicted in the recent National Geographic docudrama "American Blackout," such an occurrence could be devastating, with fatalities numbering in hundreds of thousands or more. Purdue University is home to several federally funded centers and prominent researchers that have been addressing these problems for years.
Several of the experts are professors in the College of Technology, working in the areas of cybersecurity and homeland security. They talked with several media outlets this week:
- Purdue experts who could speak about the issues surrounding GridEx II were highlighted this week.
- Marcus Rogers, professor of computer and information technology and director of the Cyberforensics Lab, talked with Fox 59 in Indianapolis about the security of the nation's power grid.
- Graduate students in the Department of Computer and Information Technology discussed their cyberforensics research and how it impacts the general public with RTV6 in Indianapolis.
- Marcus Rogers also talked with WIBC radio in Indianapolis.
- WLFI in West Lafayette also covered the topic.
Prior to the start of GridEx II, the Journal and Courier newspaper talked with two of our expert professors to gain perspective on the topic