Public power utilities across the country are working to create a more resilient and secure electric grid that appropriately manages the risk from a range of cyber threats. By working with APPA, their communities, states, and the federal government, utilities are ensuring compliance with stringent security standards and improving cybersecurity across the sector.
Many of the free resources available to the public power community were funded through the Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems (CEDS) cooperative agreement between APPA and the Department of Energy's Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response to help public power utilities create stronger, more secure systems.
Information Sharing and Analysis Centers
The information sharing and analysis centers (ISACs) are central resources for receiving and sharing cybersecurity threat information within a sector. The public power community is served primarily by the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC) but APPA member utilities are also often eligible to join the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC).
The E-ISAC is open to all electricity asset owners and operators and select government and cross-sector partners in North America. The MS-ISAC is the designated resource for cyber threat prevention, protection, and response and recovery for state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments. The MS-ISAC offers similar cybersecurity threat advisories, educational materials, and reports as the E-ISAC but is more focused on IT network monitoring and alerting. Joining the E-ISAC or the MS-ISAC is free for eligible organizations.