A White House decide to rapidly support the protection of the US power system will begin with a 100-day sprint, but take years more to remodel utilities’ ability to fight back hackers, according to details of a draft version of the plan confirmed by two people.
The plan is the policy equivalent of a high-wire act: it provides incentives for electric companies to significantly change the way they protect themselves against cyber-attacks while trying to avoid political tripwires that have stalled previous efforts, the main points suggest.
Among its core Principle, the Biden administration’s so-called “action plan” will incentivize power utilities to put in sophisticated new monitoring equipment to more quickly detect hackers, and to share that information widely with the United States Government.
It will ask utilities to identify critical sites which, if attacked, could have an outsized impact across the grid, consistent with a six-page draft of the plan, which was concerned by the National Security Council and described thoroughly to Bloomberg News. And it'll expand a partially classified Department of Energy program to spot flaws in grid components that would be exploited by the country’s cyber-adversaries, including Russia, Iran and China.Dr. Dhillon Randeep
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