Should Homeland Security control the electrical grid? Maybe

Energy Dec 05, 2011 No Comments

Homeland securityThe electrical grid is commonly cited as a potential security issue for the U.S. and in a wide-ranging study on the matter, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say that the time has come for the U.S. government to focus a single agency’s efforts on doing a better job of securing it.

The issue, MIT‘s researchers say, is that the many stakeholders involved in maintaining the U.S. electrical grid aren’t working together, even though “cybersecurity regulations for bulk power systems already exist in the form of the NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection reliability standards.” For one, the researchers point out, those standards only apply to “the bulk power system and does not include the distribution system.” Distribution utilities on the local level are operating outside current regulations, making managing the entire grid practically impossible, the researchers added.

This lack of a single operational entity with responsibility for grid cybersecurity preparedness as well as response and recovery creates a security vulnerability in a highly interconnected electric power system comprising generation, transmission, and distribution,” the researchers wrote.

via Should Homeland Security control the electrical grid? Maybe | The Digital Home – CNET News.

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