Hackers typically target automated systems that control much of the grid. However, Ten said that without solid security measures, these systems are vulnerable.
With a better understanding of the system’s weaknesses, it's easier to be strategic and shore up security risks, he said.
However, he added: “Simply because the remote substation networks are constantly commissioned with full compliance doesn’t mean they are secure. There is going to be a tremendous impact if we’re negligent and fail to keep up with changes in communication infrastructure and emerging security threats.”