EEI Statement on the Biden Administration’s New Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity Initiative

WASHINGTON (April 20, 2021) – Edison Electric Institute (EEI) President Tom Kuhn today issued the following statement on the Biden Administration’s new industrial control systems (ICS) cybersecurity initiative:

“Given the sophisticated and constantly changing threats posed by adversaries, America’s electric companies remain focused on securing the industrial control systems that operate the North American energy grid. We welcome the new ICS initiative and appreciate that the Biden administration is making cybersecurity for operations a high priority.

“We view cybersecurity as a shared responsibility between industry and government, and EEI and our member companies coordinate closely through the CEO-led Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC) to prepare for, and respond to, national-level disasters or threats to critical infrastructure.

“The ICS effort announced today is complementary to other ESCC initiatives already underway, and shows the industry’s willingness to collaborate on new, creative approaches that enhance security. The White House is leading the effort—in close coordination with the private sector and its partners in the Department of Energy’s Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (DOE-CESER)—which demonstrates the power of industry and government working in partnership to protect systems vital to national security. 

“As this pilot program evolves, we look forward to working across the industry and with key government agencies to enhance visibility into these critical control systems and to improve situational awareness for emerging threats.”

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