The White House is reportedly moving swiftly forward with a plan to harden the security of the US power grid against hacking attacks.
According to Bloomberg, the Biden administration has a plan to dramatically improve how power utilities defend themselves against attacks from countries considered to be adversaries in cyberspace – such as Russia, Iran, North Korea, and China.
The six-page draft plan, drawn up by the National Security Council, is said to provide incentives for electricity companies to safeguard the grid, and hopes to speed up the detection of attempted hacks through monitoring equipment and better synchronise threat intelligence.
Top executives working in the power industry are said to have been briefed privately on the plan last month by US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and Deputy National Security Adviser Anne Neuberger. The hope is that the plan will see the government and industry working more closely together, improving their communication related to cybersecurity issues, and co-ordinating a response when needed.