Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure, Section 2(e): Assessment of Electricity Disruption Incident Response Capabilities   [open pdf - 990KB]

From the Executive Summary: "Cyberattacks and intrusions targeting U.S. electric utilities have been reported, though no lasting damage--physical, cyber-physical, or otherwise--has been observed. Without precedent, it is very difficult to predict the impacts to the country of a prolonged power outage from a significant cyber incident, which remains a significant gap for the intelligence community, industry, and subject matter experts. Mitigating this gap will require detailed knowledge of the capabilities of the adversary, the real-time technical conditions of the grid and electricity markets, the behavioral responses of the operators of multiple systems and their customers, as well as tens if not hundreds of additional variables. In both government and private industry, U.S. electricity subsector stakeholders perform regular assessments, exercises, and information sharing and coordination plans of general and specific responses to significant cyber incidents. As part of this overall coordinated effort, Executive Order 13800 on 'Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure' called for an Assessment of Electricity Disruption Incident Response Capabilities."

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