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Cybercom, DOE Strengthen Cybersecurity Collaboration Through Grid X Exercise

Jeff Brody

Cyber Command has collaborated with the Department of Energy and the energy sector through the Grid X exercise to further build up their relationship in the event of a cyber attack on critical infrastructure and other assets, Fifth Domain reported Wednesday.

Maj. Gen. Stephen Hager, deputy commander of the Cyber National Mission Force, said Tuesday during a panel at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual conference that Cybercom’s role in the Grid X exercise was to determine the type of assistance the Pentagon can extend in the event of a catastrophic power failure.

He said some of the actions DoD can take are providing response teams and performing defensive cyber operations-response actions.

“A lot of it is just engagement to see how they’re operating because we don’t have the authorities to do anything domestically. We have to have either a [Defense Support to Civil Authorities] request or somebody has to specifically ask us for support,” Hager noted.

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