Dept. of Energy developing project to reinforce grid cybersecurity

January 7, 2012
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire, Requirements
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The government is trying once again to whip the key players behind the country’s electrical grid into a security force that can defend against mounting cyber threats.

The US Department of Energy today announced what it calls an “Electric Sector Cybersecurity Risk Management Maturity” project that will let utility companies and grid operators measure their current capabilities and analyze gaps in their cyber defenses.¬† Maturity models, the DOE stated, rely on best practices to identify an organization’s strengths and weaknesses, are widely used by other sectors to improve performance, efficiency and quality.

The initiative, which will involve officials from the Energy Department, the White House, the Department of Homeland Security and key utility companies will over the next several months draft a maturity model that can be used throughout the electric sector.

More than a dozen electric utilities and grid operators are expected to participate in the pilot program to test the model, assess its effectiveness and validate results. This program will help develop a risk management maturity model that is expected to be made available to the electric sector later this summer, the DOE stated.

via NetworkWorld, continued here.