Idaho Falls, OH and Rockville, MD, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- February 3, 2011 - Idaho Falls Power has contracted with Lockheed Martin to provide cyber security support for its utility smart grid operations.

As an initial project, Idaho Falls Power will be supported by Lockheed Martin as it implements a city-wide, two-way communications advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system. The system will allow the utility to securely collect and analyze energy readings from advanced energy meters.

The project is part of the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project that spans five states, including Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming.

Lockheed Martin is responsible for assessing the Idaho Falls Power AMI network architecture to perform a risk assessment, identify security requirements, and provide recommendations for design elements and controls to mitigate vulnerabilities. Once the network is in place, the team will perform penetration testing and establish operational controls for the operations and maintenance of the systems.

“Lockheed Martin's experience in energy systems and cyber security will allow us to roll out and implement our AMI system and smart grid infrastructure as safely and securely as possible,” said Mark Reed, smart grid project manager at Idaho Falls Power.