Technology experts discuss electric grid security

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:

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