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t’s the first day of summer as Domin- ion Virginia Power labors to restore electricity in a Henrico County neighborhood. Homeowners here are among 160,000 people with-


out power after tornado-like winds ripped through metro Richmond four days earlier. In its fury, the storm sheared power poles, draped transmission lines across streets and blew out two electricity transf ormers.


Help arrives in the form of a Dominion boom operator.


He bores a hole for a replacement transformer pole. Once it’s coaxed into place, ground crews fasten the pole securely. Moments later, a second Dominion crew arrives to start the painstaking task of affixing a new transformer. By nightfall, these Henrico residents will breathe a collective sigh of relief when the juice returns and air conditioners resume their familiar whirr. A dependable electricity supply touches every aspect


of our society. Losing power for just a few hours is a potent reminder. Utilities like Dominion are conditioned to respond in the aftermath of violent weather. Yet in a world increas- ingly connected by electronics, new omens of violence loom on the horizon, both physical and in cyberspace. Terrorists and computer hackers pose hazards to a secure electricity supply. Mirroring trends globally, Virginia producers are investing time and money to stay ahead of the bad guys. Data from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security


(DHS) highlight the peril. The agency’s National Cyberse- curity and Communications Integration Center responded to 295 reported cyber incidents in 2015, up 20 percent from 2014. The energy sector suffered the second-highest number of incidents, 46, trailing only the manufacturing sector, which saw its total nearly double to 97.


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