Chattanooga’s New Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems Uses Quantum Technology to Encrypt Messages Sent Along Grid
(Gov.Tech) Chattanooga’s EPB utility service is utilizing quantum technology to encrypt messages.
EPB (formerly the Electric Power Board of Chattanooga) recently hosted top researchers in quantum physics from both the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in a test of a new type of cybersecurity control network regarded as far safer and less vulnerable to cyberattacks than any existing controls. The new CEDS (Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems) system uses quantum technology to encrypt messages sent along EPB’s smart grid and was tested along a 21-kilometer route on Thursday.
The Chattanooga utility started the first Gig Internet service in the Western Hemisphere using its fiber-optic network and is now using that same fiber backbone to pioneer a new method of cybersecurity that could literally be a quantum leap ahead of any other utility in North America.