Cyber security is an area of concern for the electric grid. Though we are not aware of any reports of cyber attacks that have directly impacted reliability of the power system in North America to date, it is an issue the industry is working to stay ahead of.
NERC and industry leaders are taking steps in the right direction to improve preparedness and response to potential cyber threats.
There is definitely more to be done, and we look forward to continuing our work with the electric industry and our partners in U.S. and Canadian government to improve reliability standards, ensure appropriate emergency authority is in place to address imminent and specific cyber security threats, and ultimately ensure a safe, secure, and reliable energy future for North America.
The statement comes on the heels of a report in the Wall Street Journal that cyberspies have penetrated the electrical grid of North America. The report cites current and former U.S. national security officials.
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