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Dominion is building a new 108,000-square-foot systems operation center in Henrico County. Expected to open in 2017, it will employ the latest security technologies and provide real-time monitoring of the transmission grid.


control systems. That’s according to a joint report by Bethesda, Md.-based SANS Institute and the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center, also known as E-ISAC, part of the North American Electrical Reli- ability Corp. (NERC). In addition, the Verizon


2016 Data Breach Investigations Report notes that utilities were victimized 22 times last year. Seven of those cases were con- firmed breaches of proprietary information going to unauthor- ized recipients. Verizon’s report does not provide a geographic breakdown of the affected utilities. Few states have as much at


stake as Virginia, where low- cost energy has helped sustain economic growth. Manufacturing and cloud computing-based data centers — sectors that consume enormous quantities of electricity — have provided the biggest jolt, with Northern Virginia surpass-


ing the New Jersey/New York region as the nation’s No. 1 data center market. As of June, those two industries had combined for $3.9 billion in new investment in Virginia since 2015. That’s roughly 70 percent of the $5.57 billion total for all projects, according to the Virginia Eco- nomic Development Partnership (VEDP). During that same time, manufacturers created nearly 5,500 jobs, and data centers added 1,750 jobs in Virginia. “We are deal-


ing with clients for whom energy is a location factor — probably one of the top five,” says Liz Povar, vice president of business development at VEDP. “They are asking us deeper questions about the reliability, diversity and makeup of energy sources in Virginia.” VEDP’s clients apparently


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are getting satisfactory answers. In addition to Virginia’s afford- able energy, the state is growing its cybersecurity industry, a vital key in protecting energy assets. Cyber-related occupations employ nearly 68,000 Virgin- ians, a number VEDP expects will jump 25 percent by 2022. Mach37, a cyber-focused accel- erator run by Herndon-based Center for Innovative Technology, has spawned 36 startups in the last three years.


How secure is the energy grid? Any discussion of energy


security starts with the notion of purposeful cyber-based assaults on the grid. It’s a worry partly rooted in the so-called “Internet of Things,” a buzzword for the dizzying array of machinery — appliances, thermostats, mobile devices and the like — that con- nect and transmit data across the public internet. An estimated 50


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