Cyber Security, Hearing Before the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, to Receive Testimony on a Joint Staff Draft Related to Cyber Security and Critical Electricity Infrastructure, May 7, 2009   [open pdf - 226KB]

From the opening statement of Jeff Bingaham: "We recently sponsored a classified briefing for members and staff on this set of issues. Members of security agencies and the Department of Energy and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission told us about these threats and about the inadequacy of our government's authority to respond to and prevent these threats. Some thought that we had taken sufficient action to protect against these types of threats when we put into place the Reliability Protection Structure of section 215 of the Federal Power Act which we passed in 2005. More recently however, we have come to believe that these provisions do not provide sufficient protection against computer attacks. Both the recent Republican Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Joe Kelliher, and the current Democratic Chair, Jon Wellinghoff, have indicated that they believe they need stronger authority to deal with cyber threats and vulnerabilities. Almost all the witnesses gathered here today agree that we need some kind of increased Federal authority, although there is disagreement as to exactly what that authority should look like and who should exercise it. This hearing is on a bill that we intend to include in a comprehensive energy bill that the committee is working on to address these gaps in Federal authority and to protect against these dangers." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jeff Bingaham, Patricia Hoffman, Joseph McClelland, Allen Mosher, David K. Owens, and Richard P. Sergel.

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S. Hrg. 111-29; Senate Hearing 111-29
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