This Friday: BPC Releases New Recommendations for Protecting the Electric Grid

Report Authors Michael Hayden and Curt Hébert to Issue Recommendations for Securing the Electric Grid from Cyber Attacks

Contact: 

Rosemarie Calabro Tully
rcalabrotully@bipartisanpolicy.org
(202) 641-6209 | @RCalabroTully

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Washington, D.C.- The Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Electric Grid Cybersecurity Initiative will release its recommendations for how government and industry can protect the North American electric grid from cyber attacks at an event at BPC on Friday, February 28 at 9:00AM EST.

Report authors and initiative co-chairs General (Ret.) Michael Hayden, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency; Curt Hébert, former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and former executive vice president of Entergy Corporation; and Susan Tierney, former assistant secretary for policy at the Department of Energy, will unveil the recommendations and invite two distinguished panelists to discuss this critical national security issue.

Evidence collected by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security suggests that cyber attacks on key energy infrastructure—and on the electricity system —are increasing, both in frequency and sophistication. Much has been done to improve cybersecurity within the power sector. But given the numerous federal and state government agencies responsible for grid cybersecurity, the vast number of participants in the power sector and the rapidly evolving nature of threats, managing cyber risks is a significant challenge.

The report will include policy recommendations, aimed at government agencies as well as private companies, for protecting the North American electric grid from cyber attacks. BPC’s recommendations address strengthening existing protections for the distribution system as well as the bulk power system; enhancing coordination at all levels; and accelerating the development of robust protocols for response and recovery in the event of a successful attack.

Press interested in attending should RVSP here. Join the conversation on Twitter: @BPC_Bipartisan #cybersecurity #BPCenergy.

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WHO:

General (Ret.) Michael Hayden
Principal, The Chertoff Group
Former Director, Central Intelligence Agency & National Security Agency
Co-chair, BPC Electric Grid Cyber Security Initiative

Curt Hébert
Partner, Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes, PLLC
Former Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Former Executive Vice President, Entergy Corporation
Co-chair, BPC Electric Grid Cyber Security Initiative

Paul Stockton
Managing Director, Sonecon, LLC
Former Assistant Secretary of Defense of Homeland Defense
and Americas’ Security Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense

Scott Aaronson
Senior Director of National Security Policy, Edison Electric Institute

Moderated by:

Matthew L. Wald
Reporter, The New York Times

WHAT:

Cybersecurity and the North American Electric Grid: New Policy Approaches to Address an Evolving Threat

WHEN:

Friday, February 28, 2014
9:00AM EST – 10:00AM EST

WHERE:

Bipartisan Policy Center
1225 Eye Street NW
Suite 1000, 10th floor
Washington, DC 20005

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