Democratic Senators Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, with Republican Senitors Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Roy Blunt of Missouri, have introduced the “Cybersecurity Public Awareness Act of 2013″ to increase public awareness of cyberattack threats to federal systems and critical infrastructure, including the nation’s electric grid.
Currently, awareness is low due to the limitation of public information on the subject. Typically, such information is classified and kept confidential. With the bill, agencies overseeing critical infrastructure would be required to work with Homeland Security to develop unclassified reports on such attacks, including what’s being done to stop them.
Despite the FERC Chairman, Jon Wllinghoff’s assurance that the grid has remained secure regarless of the continued attacks to break in, many experts remain concerned. Considering roughly one third of U.S. electric utilities currently lack a cybersecurity program, according to a report released by Black & Veatch, their concern is not out of line.
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