The U.S. electric utility industry "takes very seriously" the threat posed by the possibility of an attack using high-altitude electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, Kevin Wailes, CEO of the Lincoln Electric System in Nebraska, told a Senate hearing on May 4.
The North American Electric Reliability Corporation on June 12 said that it was aware of a vulnerability discovered in Ukraine that has the potential to impact industrial control systems, but added that to date, there are no reported instances of the malware in North America.
The Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center, or E-ISAC, "is issuing a Level 1 NERC Alert to inform NERC registered entities of capabilities found in malware that targeted electric industry assets in Ukraine," the North American Electric Reliability Corporation said in a June 13 advisory.
The year-end tax and omnibus spending bill signed into law by President Barack Obama on Dec. 18 includes a cybersecurity measure that provides a framework for timely and actionable information sharing on a voluntary basis between the federal government and private entities including public power utilities.
While space in the cloud grows exponentially, the power it uses is on the decline, according to a new report.
Before it considers two possible modifications to critical infrastructure protection standards to address the cybersecurity of the control centers that are used to monitor and control the bulk electric system, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission should allow the existing CIP standards more time to be evaluated, the American Public Power Association told the commission.