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Lawmakers look to tech experts to increase grid cybersecurity

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Monday, July 30, 2012

A group of U.S. senators recently consulted with technology leaders such as Google, Apple and Facebook to draw on their knowledge to draft a cybersecurity bill that would protect the nation's critical infrastructure from potentially devastating computer attacks.

According to Bloomberg, more than 20 technology companies were contacted with the hopes that their knowledge of cyber security would help them draft the laws.

Senator Joe Lieberman, who is spearheading the effort, spoke on the danger of cyber security attacks at a recent conference.

"The danger of cyber attacks against the United States is clear, present and growing, with enemies ranging from rival nations to cyber terrorists to organized criminal organizations to rogue hackers," he said.

According to the news source, the new bill will focus on a voluntary set of security standards that operators of critical infrastructure, such as the nation's power grid, will be expected to follow.

Several mandatory standards have already been developed by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation. SUBNET products were designed to help utilities meet these NERC CIP standards, while improving overall efficiency by easily introducing smart grid technologies into the grid. 

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