Study: Electric Grid Needs Full-Time Cyberguard

December 5, 2011
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The United States needs an overarching national authority to oversee cybersecurity efforts connected to the national power grid, an MIT study suggests.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) have authority over the development of cybersecurity standards for the bulk power system and ensuring compliance with these standards. However, the report stated that there’s no national regulatory oversight of cybersecurity standards for the distribution system, meaning the grid.

“We would welcome a single authority,” Patrick Miller, president and CEO of the National Electric Sector Cybersecurity Organization (NESCO), told TechNewsWorld.

“We’ve seen a lot of confusion around who would have authority in the event of a cyber attack [on the power grid],” Miller added.

via Tech News World, continued here.