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Tue Apr 20, 2021, 04:17 PM

U.S. Unveils Plan to Protect Power Grid From Foreign Hackers

Source: Bloomberg

The White House unveiled on Tuesday a 100-day plan intended to protect the U.S. power grid from cyber-attacks, mainly by creating a stronger relationship between U.S. national security agencies and the mostly private utilities that run the electrical system.

The plan is among the first big steps toward fulfilling the Biden administration’s promise to urgently improve the country’s cyber defenses. The nation’s power system is both highly vulnerable to hacking and a target for nation-state adversaries looking to counter the U.S. advantage in conventional military and economic power.

“The United States faces a well-documented and increasing cyber threat from malicious actors seeking to disrupt the electricity Americans rely on to power our homes and businesses,” Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm said.

Although the plan is billed as a 100-day sprint -- which includes a series of consultations between utilities and the government -- it will likely take years to fully implement, experts say. It will ask utilities to pay for and install technology to better detect hacks of the specialized computers that run the country’s power systems, known as industrial control systems.

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Qutzupalotl Apr 20 OP
abqtommy Apr 20 #1
EarthFirst Apr 20 #2
ffr Apr 20 #3
oldsoftie Apr 20 #5
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OldBaldy1701E Apr 20 #6
twodogsbarking Apr 20 #7
rickford66 Apr 20 #8

Response to Qutzupalotl (Original post)

Tue Apr 20, 2021, 04:51 PM

1. Protecting the U.S. power grid from foreign hackers is good, but adding protection

from the owners and operators of the U.S. power grid is even better.

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Response to abqtommy (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 20, 2021, 07:26 PM

2. Well said...

The grid is a system in continuous need of maintenance and upgrades.

However this necessity does not bode well for the investor class forever in search of quarterly profits and earnings week dividends...

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Response to Qutzupalotl (Original post)

Tue Apr 20, 2021, 07:26 PM

3. Some of that starts from within those agencies.

Clean those computers up. Stop playing of Facebook and clicking on links to who knows what. Treat your business computer as a work asset, not a personal toy.

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Response to ffr (Reply #3)

Tue Apr 20, 2021, 07:46 PM

5. YES!! DoD employees can get on Facebook on military bases. Its ridiculous. nt

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Response to Qutzupalotl (Original post)

Tue Apr 20, 2021, 07:45 PM

4. Its about damn time. Now harden it against EMPs & solar flares.

And that wouldnt even cost that much to do

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Response to Qutzupalotl (Original post)

Tue Apr 20, 2021, 08:07 PM

6. That should be phased out

It is the 21st century, and we have the means to set up each structure so that it can generate its own power. Any guesses why this is never even suggested? Is it that it is 'too hard'? A central power grid is vulnerable. We don't need it any more.

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Response to Qutzupalotl (Original post)

Tue Apr 20, 2021, 08:10 PM

7. Let's put everything on the internet

and see how it works out.

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Response to Qutzupalotl (Original post)

Tue Apr 20, 2021, 09:28 PM

8. What about Texas ?

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