What makes Smart Grid Cybersecurity a green job?
This question came up after my last article on Smart Grid Cybersecurity. My definition of a green job is much broader than others because I believe climate change, environmental and infrastructure are all part of the green economy. While I am not an expert on Information Technology, I know the IT Jobs in the climate change, environmental and infrastructure fields have a daily impact on business, the environment and our lives. My goal is to encourage more people to look at jobs in these industries. That is enough about my personal agenda, let’s get to the facts.
Cybersecurity protects the efficiency of the Smart Grid’s systems: The Smart Grid is a core component of the alternative energy strategy. Without it, the whole point of new energy development is lost. Cybersecurity programs will play a lead role in protecting the Smart Grid’s communications, management and operations software systems from attacks,espionage, low system performance and crashes. Our country, in its quest for energy independence and environmental sustainability can ill afford a disastrous situations like the one posed in the movie “Live Free or Die Hard” or large-scale blackouts like the Northeast Black Out of 2003. Cybersecurity people, programs and protocols will be critical to prevent them from happening.
Smart Grid Cybersecurity will push new invention and innovation: The core of green philosophy is looking at alternative ways of doing things. A system of this magnitude will push the project teams away from “cookie cutter” approaches, collaboration, implementation, project delivery, policies and standards. As a result, the companies involved in the IT portion of Smart Grid development will have to grow and adapt to meet these new challenges. Well trained, knowledgeable people with most critical part of this process.
For those who are looking for potential job opportunities with the Grid, here are some general types of IT jobs which should see growth from Cybersecurity initiatives.
- Enterprise Architect
- Software Engineer
- Systems Analyst
- Database Architect
- Business Analyst
- Hardware Engineer
I am sure there will be some who will have a different opinion. I welcome your comments on this topic. Let’s start a discussion.