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New York utility announces partnership with Center for Internet Security


From the January 15, 2014 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published January 15, 2014

By Jeannine Anderson
Editor

The New York Power Authority yesterday announced a partnership with the Center for Internet Security in Albany, N.Y., to facilitate real-time information-sharing to reinforce NYPA’s cyber defense capabilities and critical infrastructure assets against potential cyber threats.

The partnership "will enable us to draw upon the knowledge and expertise of this premier cybersecurity organization to ensure that our statewide public power utility — and $3 billion in generation and transmission assets — are in the vanguard of best cyber practices," said NYPA President and CEO Gil C. Quiniones. 

The Center for Internet Security is a not-for-profit organization that helps entities in the public and private sectors improve their cybersecurity readiness and responses. The CIS Security Operations Center in East Greenbush, N.Y., is designated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a cybersecurity resource for the nation’s state and local governments. It issues early warnings, conducts risk analyses and mitigation measures and supports incident responses. 

NYPA will have an employee posted at the 24-hour CIS operations center, the power authority said.

"The need for collaboration across sectors has never been more important as we address the cyber challenges facing our critical infrastructure," said William Pelgrin, president and CEO of the Center for Internet Security. "The partnership with NYPA "will expand our view into the electricity sector and yield significant improvements to our situational awareness and response capabilities." 

The CIS Security Operations Center is connected to the National Cyber Security and Communications Integration Center, the federal government’s watch and warning center. CIS collaborates with other government, law enforcement and industry organizations to maintain a broad view of the ever-evolving cyber-threat landscape, NYPA said.

 

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