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New legislation may lower the risk of smart grid cybersecurity attack

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Friday, January 06, 2012

A new house bill supported by both sides of the aisle has been created to protect America's critical infrastructure, including the electric grid, Government Information Security reports.

According to the news source, the Promoting and Enhancing Cybersecurity and Information Sharing Effectiveness Act of 2011 would require the Department of Homeland Security to perform an assessment of the cybersecurity risks to critical infrastructure, and develop the best ways to mitigate those risks.

Smart Grid News reports that a second bill is being proposed that would make sharing information about cyber threats easier. The bill would extend beyond infrastructure to all businesses, and would make the process of swapping information about ongoing problems simpler.

"By providing a trusted information sharing structure, we will provide critical infrastructure owners and operators the timely access to actionable cybersecurity information necessary to protect their own networks and facilities," said Representative Dan Lungren, one of the bill's chief sponsors.

As utilities deploy new smart grid products, they will need to comply with new cybersecurity standards. SUBNET Solutions Inc. works with utilities to comply with NERC CIP requirements by leveraging a utility's existing assets and using their established corporate IT policies. 

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