ABSTRACT

Critical Infrastructure Protection: Cybersecurity of the Nation's Electricity Grid Requires Continued Attention, Statement of Gregory C. Wilshusen, Director, Information Security Issues, Testimony Before the Subcommittees on Energy and Research and Technology, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, House of Representatives   [open pdf - 462KB]

From the Highlights: "The electric power industry--including transmission and distribution systems--increasingly uses information and communications technology systems to automate actions with the aim of improving the electric grid's reliability and efficiency. However, these 'smart grid' technologies may be vulnerable to cyber-based attacks and other threats that could disrupt the nation's electricity infrastructure. Several federal entities have responsibilities for overseeing and helping to secure the electricity grid. Because of the proliferation of cyber threats, since 2003 GAO [Government Accountability Office] has designated protecting the systems supporting U.S. critical infrastructure (which includes the electricity grid) as a high-risk area. GAO was asked to provide a statement on opportunities to improve cybersecurity for the electricity grid. In preparing this statement, GAO relied on previous work on efforts to address cybersecurity of the electric sector."

Report Number:
GAO-16-174T
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Date:
2015-10-21
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Public Domain
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Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/
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