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Electric Grid Security Unites Public and Private Sectors

When it comes to protecting the electrical grid from sophisticated and constantly evolving cyber and physical attacks, the government and private sector are converging to protect the grid from emerging threats.

The effort to secure critical infrastructure has been ongoing since the late 1990s but the threat of a major attack — either a cyberattack of a physical one — remains a viable threat. The level of security realized over the last several years, as attention becomes more and more fixed on the possibilities of these attacks, is difficult to measure.

“It’s difficult to make a definitive response to that,” said David London, senior director of the Chertoff Group. “Based on our clients and interaction with power system operators as well as our time collectively in government, there are more calories being expended on building both more preparedness and resilience and more unified situational awareness between industry and government, as well as addressing resilience objectives earlier in the supply chain.'