Thursday, March 25, 2010

Panel Approves U.S. Grid Security Act

Roy Mark writes on eWeek:

Legislation that would protect the nation’s electricity grid from attacks passed passed the Energy and Environment Subcommittee March 24. The GRID Act (Grid Reliability and Infrastructure Defense Act) passed on a unanimous voice vote by the subcommittee.

The GRID Act would direct the FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) to take measures to protect the electricity grid from telecommunications intrusions and follows a March 23 subcommittee hearing with all of the Commissioners of FERC. The commissioners emphasized the gravity of the threat America’s grid faces and the inadequacy of existing law to deal with this threat. Chairman Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and others heard the same message during a classified briefing held last month.

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