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New Grid Study Sees ­.s. Vulnerable to Cyberattacks


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A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine concludes the U.S. must do more to protect its electrical grid from cyberattack.

Credit: morningconsult.com

The U.S. needs to do more to protect its electrical grid against high-impact cyberattacks, according to a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

The report, which highlights large gaps in U.S. technology and infrastructure, calls on the U.S. Department of Energy to take a larger role in organizing almost 3,000 grid operators to strengthen the electric grid and improve its ability to withstand man-made and natural attacks, as well as developing more vigorous research programs to protect the U.S.'s electricity supply.

The report's authors note it is impossible to completely prevent cyberbreaches, so resilience measures would help speed up recovery or reduce the impact from powerful blackouts and long-term grid shutdowns.

"Much less emphasis has been placed on cyber resilience [than security measures]," says University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign professor and report co-author William Sanders.

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