By Alice Lipowicz
July 16, 2008
The organization that oversees reliability for the nation.s electrical
power grid is stepping up its cybersecurity efforts by setting up a new
program office and creating a task force to review cybersecurity
standards for the power industry.
The North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC), a
quasi-governmental coalition that operates under the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission (FERC), said it will establish a Critical
Infrastructure Program, which includes cybersecurity, as its fourth
program focus area. One of the program.s initiatives will be hiring a
chief security officer to be a single point of contact for cyber and
infrastructure issues related to the national electric power grid.
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