US Power Grid gets Better Cyber Defenses Thanks to New Initiative

January 10, 2012

In an effort to strengthen and protect the nation's electrical grid from hackers, the White House is launching an initiative with the private sector to develop a "maturity model" that allows utility companies to assess their current capabilities and analyze vulnerabilities.

Led by the departments of Energy and Homeland Security, the Electric Sector Cybersecurity Risk Management Maturity project blends industry and government expertise to expand on current cybersecurity measures and strategies. 

The project will focus on performance-based strategies and concrete steps to measure progress of cybersecurity in the electric sector, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt said in a Jan. 5 statement. 

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