Metering & Smart Energy International, Edition 3, 2014


I started my editorial in the last edition with a comment about the thing I loved the most about my job. It is very easy to enjoy the interaction with readers and gain insights into the real challenges facing utilities and people working within the sector. It is hard, however, to know what to focus on, what issues to tackle fi rst and how much information to provide before you become boring. There is so much out there…

Take the article on Heartbleed (pg. 20) for instance. I could, given the chance, have written on this particular subject for 5 or 6 pages, but have a feeling that by then you may well have wanted to throw the magazine out the window – and if you are reading this in the digital version, the results could have been catastrophic to your computer and windows.

As I get to explore this sector of the utility landscape, I am amazed at how the minutiae is often where the most interesting bits of information can be found. Did you know that there is a roaring trade in stolen digital certifi cates where you can earn up to $1 500 for such a certifi cate – a fortune – especially when compared with the $3 you can get for stolen social security or credit card information. This is just one of the new things I have learned while working on this edition.

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