via The Epoch Times
A new Cyber Attack Task Force to protect the power grid was announced by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). The task force of more than 40 volunteers will attempt to measure the impact a coordinated cyberattack would have on the U.S. power system.
After conducting an analysis and identifying vulnerabilities, the team will look for ways to strengthen the grid’s protection against such attacks, as well as its ability to withstand and recover from a cyberattack. They will also train staff to spot potential threats.
“This initiative will more thoroughly examine the potential impact of a targeted cyber attack and how the industry should best coordinate the preparedness and response actions of cyber security experts with power grid operators,” said Gerry Cauley, president and CEO of NERC.
The initiative is part of the Coordinated Action Plan developed through recommendations from a June 2010 report from NERC and the Department of Energy, “High Impact, Low Frequency Event Risk to the North American Bulk Power System.”