Plotting a More Confident Course: Rethinking Oversight of the Electric Sector and Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity
by Steven Bucci, Andy Bochman
The Heritage Foundation
January 30, 2014
Over the past decade, the U.S. has witnessed unprecedented transformation of the systems that the electric sector uses to make, manage, and move power. Over the same period, legislators and regulators have become increasingly concerned that utility executives are not doing enough to improve defenses against increasingly numerous and capable cyber adversaries. However, there are already good examples and precedents for achieving higher levels of security at U.S. electric utilities. No new technologies need be created or deployed to get the grid to a better, more secure place. Rather, a few, straightforward strategies, promoted by senior government leadership and adopted by utilities, have the potential to produce markedly better results.