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Energy, DHS to Develop New Cyber Measures with Electric Companies

The Energy Department and the Department of Homeland Security will work with electric companies to develop new cybersecurity measures to protect the nation’s energy grid, DOE announced Thursday.

The initiative is part of the White House’s newly released “Electric Sector Cybersecurity Risk Management Maturity” project.

“Establishing a comprehensive cybersecurity approach will give utility companies and grid operators another important tool to improve the grid’s ability to respond to cybersecurity risks,” Energy Secretary Steven Chu said.

DOE will host workshops with electric companies to develop a “maturity model” testing device, which DOE said will allow grid operators and utility companies to measure their cybersecurity capabilities while analyzing holes in their cyber defenses.

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