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Energy Secretary Chu: Smart grid security of the utmost importance

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Steven Chu, the head of the U.S. Energy Department (DOE) said recently that if the U.S. fails to develop a more proactive approach to smart grid security measures, the country could face significant consequences.

Energy Secretary Chu backed President Obama's newly released "A Policy Framework for the 21st Century Grid," a report earlier this week that outlines the administration's approach to stimulating investment in the development of the smart grid over the next decade. Cyber security is one of the four major goals of the strategy and Chu affirmed that critical infrastructure protection is of the utmost importance to U.S. national security.

"If this is not designed in, there could be serious consequences," Chu said during the unveiling of the report. "This is not something being put on the back burner." 

Industry experts have long called for improved cyber security measures to protect the rapidly developing smart grid, and Chu said that much more needs to be done to ensure the power supply network in the U.S. is safe from cyber attacks.

"Cybersecurity practices must address not only the threats and vulnerabilities of traditional information systems, but also issues unique to electric grid technology," the report concludes. 

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