us: TVA Power Plants Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks, GAO Finds

Regulators Want Authority to Require Security Upgrades Industry-wideThe Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the nation’s largest public power company, is vulnerable to cyber attacks that could sabotage critical systems that provide electricity to more than 8.7 million people, according to a Government Accountability Office report to be released today.The report was requested by a House Homeland Security panel on cyber security, which is expected to hear testimony today from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission about gaining additional authority to require electric utilities to implement added cyber-security measures. Holes Could Leave US Power Grid Open to Attack
The U.S. electrical power grid is still vulnerable to attack, and regulatory bodies don’t have the authority they need to respond quickly to new threats, top officials told a Congressional committee today.In testimony before the House Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology, the heads of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) both conceded that there are significant flaws in the current process for identifying and responding to attacks on the power grid.

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