U.S. Lawmakers: Electric utilities ignore cyber warnings

[IDG] The U.S. electrical grid remains vulnerable to cyber and electromagnetic pulse attacks despite years of warnings, several U.S. lawmakers said today.The electric industry has pushed against federal cybersecurity standards and some utilities appear to be avoiding industry self-regulatory efforts by declining to designate their facilities or equipment as critical assets that need special protection, said U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke, a New York Democrat and chairwoman of the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology.
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9135753/Lawmakers_Electric_utilities_ignore_cyber_warnings
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/168797/.htmlAlso see:U.S. Congress must do more to protect grid from cyber, nuclear attacks
Congress should pass measures to protect the nation’s electric grid against electromagnetic pulses emitted after a nuclear blast, witnesses told a hearing on Tuesday.When a nuclear warhead detonates at altitudes between 25 and 250 miles, it emits a high-altitude electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, which disrupts and damages electronic systems, including electric grids, William Graham, chairman of the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States From Electromagnetic Pulse, told the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity and Science and Technology. Geomagnetic storms that occur from significant changes in solar wind pressure can have a similar impact, he said.
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