US House subcommittee questions cybersecurity at power networks

While new computer technology has made power grids more effective, systems designed to secure those networks from cyberattacks continue to lag, Government Accountability Office officials told a House subcommittee on Tuesday.”Cybersecurity and industry experts have expressed concern that, if not implemented securely, smart-grid systems will be vulnerable to attacks that could result in widespread loss of electrical services essential to maintaining our national economy and security,” the GAO’s Gregory Wilshusen and David Trimble said in joint testimony at a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.

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