FIX THE GRID
Rep. Ami Bera wants the federal government to improve the cyber defenses of the U.S. energy grid. The California Democrat’s new bill, the Grid Cybersecurity Research and Development Act, would task the Energy Department, Homeland Security Department, National Science Foundation and NIST with a bevy of grid-hardening efforts.
The NSF would be asked to support new research and training programs; DHS would be required to see what defense industry tools could be migrated to the energy sector; and the Energy Department would have to prepare guidance materials to help power companies test their defenses. NIST and the Department of Energy would also have to develop new voluntary cyber standards.