Deputy Energy Secretary Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall discussed the role of public-private collaboration in helping to protect consumers from cyber threats during a panel discussion last week, the Energy Department said Friday.
“We must strengthen our cooperation with the private sector to continuously improve our collective cybersecurity capabilities,” Sherwood-Randall said at the White House summit on cybersecurity and consumer protection.
She also urged organizations to take up and expand on the Electricity Sub-Sector Coordinating Council’s work to build the reliability and resilience of utilities infrastructure through policy-related activities.
“We are interdependent in this critical mission to ensure the reliability of our energy grid and our national security,” Sherwood-Randall added.
DOE noted that its national laboratories have been conducting research programs to develop cybersecurity tools to protect critical infrastructures, as well as training government and private-sector cybersecurity personnel on control systems.