Dept. of Energy wants electric utilities to create "cybersecurity governance board"

August 10, 2012

Ellen Messmer

The Dept. of Energy (DoE) has issued a call for to electric-power companies that encourages them to make cybersecurity a top priority by setting up a “cybersecurity governance board” to oversee an internal cybersecurity program for protection and share information with the DoE.

In exchange for information about sensitive information, such as identifying network vulnerabilities or attacks, the government will share this “benchmarking data” that’s given to it anonymously with any other utility that participates in the information-sharing.

These ideas, among others, are contained in what the DoE is calling the “Electricity Subsector Cybersecurity Capability Maturity Model, Version 1.0.” This document, a joint effort of dozens of representatives from the government and the U.S. electric industry, is said to be a White House initiative. It calls for electric-power companies to appoint a senior executive for cybersecurity that will report to the company’s board.

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