Establishing a Protocol for Supply Chain Cybersecurity in the Energy Industry


Series: Cybersecurity and Digital Grids
Date: 12-18-2020

It has been determined by the highest office of the United States that utility supply chains are at risk of cyberattack because certain equipment in use on the electric grid could contain software or hardware that originated in countries that wish to do us harm. But how should the industry go about identifying at risk equipment and subsequently replacing it? Some experts believe that a regulatory office should be created to ensure that all equipment on the grid is safe but should such an organization live within the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, FERC or another governing agency? How would it be structured and what liabilities and responsibilities would it have? In this panel, experts from utilities and the government will discuss how to establish a protocol for supply chain cybersecurity in the US.

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