Thursday, May 22, 2008

Congress Alarmed At Cyber-Vulnerability Of Power Grid -

Congress Alarmed At Cyber-Vulnerability Of Power Grid - "Congress Alarmed At Cyber-Vulnerability Of Power Grid
"I think we could search far and wide and not find a more disorganized response to a national security issue of this import," said Rep. James Langevin (D-R.I.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity and Science and Technology. He pointed a finger to several groups: the DHS for giving scanty details of its video-taped simulation; the power industry for working too slowly to mitigate the threat; and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, an industry group, for failing in its role as the self-regulatory body assigned to ensure a consistent national power supply. "Everything about the way this vulnerability was handled … leaves me with little confidence that we're ready or willing to deal with the cyber security threat," he said.
The House's criticisms focused primarily on the electric utility industry group, NERC. They argued that the advisories issued by NERC are ineffective and that it has repeatedly misled the House in its investigation of the Aurora vulnerability.

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