Energy Department Details Gaps in Capability to Mitigate Effects of Cyber Attacks on U.S. Electric Grid

St. Clair Power Plant, a large coal-fired generating station in Michigan. (source: Wikipedia)

St. Clair Power Plant, a large coal-fired generating station in Michigan. (source: Wikipedia)

July 6, 2018 | Source: ExecutiveGov, executive.gov.com, 1 June 2018, Jane Edwards

US Department of Energy (DOE) releases report that assesses the risk of cyber threats to the U.S. power grid.


DOE said Wednesday the report “Assessment of Electricity Disruption Incident Response Capabilities” was prepared in accordance with President Donald Trump’s executive order that aims to build up the cybersecurity of critical infrastructure and federal networks.

The report details and classifies gaps in capabilities and assets in seven categories and those include cyber-related situational awareness and incident impact analysis; integration of cybersecurity into state energy assurance planning; electric cyber workforce; data sharing between public and private sectors; and supply chain and trusted partners.


Related Materials

DOE Report: Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure, 9 August 2017

Executive Order 13800: Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure: Assessment of Electricity Disruption Incident Response Capabilities, 30 May 2018

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Report: Power Outage Incident Annex to the Response and Recovery Federal Interagency Operational Plans: Managing the Cascading Impacts from a Long-Term Power Outage, June 2017