Protecting the Electric Grid From Cybersecurity Threats, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, September 11, 2008   [open pdf - 6MB]

From the opening statement of Rick Boucher: "No industry is more essential to the Nation's economy than is our electricity sector, and its protection is vital to both our economic security and to our national security. The Nation's electricity system consists of generators and regional networks of interconnected transmission lines. The controls which operate the grid and electricity generators attached to it are increasingly computerconnected to the Internet. In fact, increasing the degree of interactive grid computerization is a major element of the development of a smart grid which will improve system reliability, optimize generation, promote load balance, improve consumption management, and integrate new smart appliances and equipment. But with increased reliance on interactive digital technology comes the added risk of computer hackers entering the system and causing truly extensive damage." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Fred Upton, Edward J. Markey, Joe Barton, Mike Rogers, John D. Dingell, James R. Langevin, Joseph Kelliher, Kevin M. Kolevar, Richard P. Sergel, Susan N. Kelly, Steven T. Naumann, and BGarry R. Lawson.

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