US energy set to form new group to protect electric grid from cyberattacks

A public-private group the Energy Department is forming to better secure the nation’s electric grid from cyberattacks must be given strong regulatory and budgetary authority to drive sweeping changes to computer networks, security specialists said.In 2009, Congress said it would give the department about $172 million to consider ways to tighten the security of the networks that the energy sector uses to operate the grid once the department formed an independent national organization. Energy has yet to create the group.To read this NextGov report in full, see:
www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20100105_8555.php

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