[ISN] Power grid overseer steps up cybersecurity

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2008 12:04:40 -0500 (CDT)

By Alice Lipowicz
July 16, 2008

The organization that oversees reliability for the nation.s electrical 
power grid is stepping up its cybersecurity efforts by setting up a new 
program office and creating a task force to review cybersecurity 
standards for the power industry.

The North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC), a 
quasi-governmental coalition that operates under the Federal Energy 
Regulatory Commission (FERC), said it will establish a Critical 
Infrastructure Program, which includes cybersecurity, as its fourth 
program focus area. One of the program.s initiatives will be hiring a 
chief security officer to be a single point of contact for cyber and 
infrastructure issues related to the national electric power grid.


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