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Energy regulators approve security standards to improve grid cyber posture

January 25, 2016 |
Joshua Higgins
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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today announced final approval of new critical infrastructure standards addressing the cybersecurity of the electric grid.

According to a Federal Register notice, FERC has approved standards addressing security management controls, physical security of cyber systems, recovery plans for bulk electric system cyber systems, vulnerability assessments and information protections.

“The proposed CIP Reliability Standards are designed to mitigate the cybersecurity risks to bulk electric system facilities, systems, and equipment, which, if destroyed, degraded, or otherwise...

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President Trump could redefine roles and lines of responsibility between businesses and the federal government.

The incoming Trump administration is being urged to "take stock" of the entire range of Obama initiatives on cybersecurity, with implications for government-industry partnerships, regulations, liability in cyberspace, the military's role and more. How President Trump translates his emphasis on deterrence and securing critical infrastructure into policy will have broad impacts on industry's cyber efforts and be closely followed in Congress.

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