Hacking infrastructure in a digital age

Custer Public Power District
Published: May. 14, 2021 at 8:26 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) -The recent cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline caused widespread panic in some states leading to a shortage of resources. As more information is being gathered about the Colonial Pipeline cyber attack, there are other cyber security questions arising.


Utility companies are only one aspect of infrastructure, but as people in the midwest and beyond experienced from a weather-related incident involving rolling blackouts in February, electricity is something everyone arguably depends on nearly as much as oxygen. These utilities have necessary systems in place to fight against persons, and entities, that would seek to harm them.

Custer Public Power District is one of the many utilities working to maintain the cybersafety of its customers.

“We have roughly one or two [serious] exposure attempts every couple of months. We have multiple layers of cyber defense to prevent those situations. One way for utility companies to stop cyber threats is by blocking emails.”

Custer Public Power District Rick Nelson

Nelson explains that watches threats closely. But what if a hacker is better than those protecting the grid?

“Assuming that someone gets into somewhere that they shouldn’t, the operators at Nebraska Public Power District and Omaha Public Power District will do what they have to minimize the impact of that event,”

Custer Public Power District Rick Nelson

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