Security and Resilience (Cyber and Physical)
NEW! Check out the latest episode of Public Power Conversations, where APPA President and CEO Joy Ditto talks with Kate Marks, deputy assistant secretary for the Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER) in the U.S. Department of Energy, about how industry and its government partners are working together to develop tools and plan for response efforts to mitigate the effect of cyber threats on the U.S. electric grid.
The American Public Power Association is helping member utilities across the country create a more resilient and secure electric grid that is prepared for both cyber and physical threats. Public power utilities are working with their communities, states, and the federal government to ensure compliance with stringent security standards and to manage risk.
Cybersecurity Defense Community
The APPA Cybersecurity Defense Community (CDC) is a working group of members from the public power community, including utilities, joint action agencies, and state/regional associations. The CDC provides input and feedback on various APPA cybersecurity programs and industry/government cybersecurity proposals, including cooperative agreements, cyber mutual aid, and new publications. We invite any interested members to join the CDC by reaching out to [email protected].
OT Cybersecurity Cooperative Agreement
In 2020, APPA entered into a new three-year cooperative agreement with the Department of Energy's Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER) to develop and deploy operational technology (OT) cybersecurity technology to public power utilities. The agreement is focused on selecting, developing, and piloting OT cybersecurity technologies that are suitable for the public power community and developing an information sharing framework to improve collective defense. The work under this agreement is being guided by the CDC through several sub-groups.
APPA has a number of free and paid resources, linked in the sidebar, available to utilities to evaluate their cybersecurity posture, identify areas for improvement, and develop roadmaps to implement new policies and technologies to improve resilience against potential threat actors. Many of these resources were funded through the Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems (CEDS) cooperative agreement between APPA and the U.S. Department of Energy to help public power utilities create stronger, more secure systems. Learn more about the CEDS program.
Click here for a variety of resources from APPA and partners such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC) to help research, deploy, and integrate the latest cybersecurity technologies.
Physical Security Resources
A variety of physical security resources, including free resources from APPA and DHS, are available on the Physical Security Resources page here.
APPA also has a variety of disaster planning, response, and mutual aid resources available here.