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Cyber & Physical Security

Protecting the nation’s energy grid and ensuring a reliable supply of energy are top priorities for America's electric companies. The energy grid is a complex, interconnected network of generation, transmission, distribution, control, and communication technologies, which can be damaged by natural events—such as severe storms—and by malicious events, such as cyber and physical attacks.

Today, the electric power industry is forging ahead with a series of initiatives to safeguard the energy grid from threats and is partnering with federal agencies to improve sector-wide resilience to cyber and physical threats. The industry also collaborates with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, and federal intelligence and law enforcement agencies to strengthen its capabilities.

As threats to the grid grow and become more sophisticated, the industry remains committed to continuing to strengthen its defenses.

  • The Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council – Learn more about the industry’s partnership with the government to protect the electric grid.
  • Protecting the Energy Grid for Customers  Read about the electric power industry’s leadership on grid security and reliability.
  • Grid Security: Key Messages – Learn more about how the industry protects critical energy grid assets.
  • Ransomware Preparedness – The ESCC, in collaboration with the American Gas Association, Downstream Natural Gas ISAC, and Electricity ISAC, developed a “Ransomware Preparedness” document for energy companies to consider in order to reduce the risk and associated impact of ransomware.
  • Cyber Mutual Assistance Program – Learn about how the electric power and natural gas industries are coordinating with the government and providing mutual assistance to address cyber threats.
  • Grid Security: Protecting Against EMPs and GMDs –​ The energy grid’s complex, interconnected technologies may be impacted by bursts of electromagnetic energy such as naturally occurring geomagnetic disturbances (GMDs) or malicious, manmade electromagnetic pulses (EMPs). To address these hazards, the electric power industry is working hard to enhance the resilience of the energy grid and to accelerate recovery from potential incidents.

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