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New Energy Cybersecurity Office: Positive Step to Protect Electric Grid

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2018 – An important stride to ensure the resiliency of the electric grid
in the event of a catastrophic attack has now been taken by the U.S. Department of Energy.
President Trump’s 2018 budget includes $96 million to establish the Office of Cybersecurity,
Energy Security and Emergency Response (CESER).

According to an announcement late yesterday by the Department of Energy, the activities of
CESER will include early-stage research and development at national laboratories to develop
the next generation of cybersecurity control systems, components, and devices including a
greater ability to share time-critical data with industry to detect, prevent, and recover from
cyber events.

“We laud Energy Secretary Rick Perry for recognizing the critical and urgent importance of
making our electric grid more resilient,” said Jim Cunningham, executive director of Protect Our
Power, an advocacy group founded to help ensure the grid is made as secure as possible against
all threats. “It’s a positive first step for the DOE and the industry to begin tackling the enormous
task of protecting our electric infrastructure from increasingly complex cyber and physical
threats.”

A poll conducted last year by Protect Our Power indicated that nearly 61 percent of Americans
believe the electric grid is vulnerable to a physical or cyber attack.
“The real work starts now,” said Cunningham. “Securing our grid will be complex and expensive.
This initiative must now ensure we improve current security standards and highlight the best
practices the industry currently uses successfully.”

The total impact to the U.S. economy of an extreme cyber attack on the electric grid could
approach $1 trillion, according to a 2015 Lloyd’s of London report. A 2017 report on electric
grid resilience from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine warns that a
major outage caused by a physical or cyber attack is “a serious and growing risk.”

“In light of the magnitude and scope of a potential attack, the creation of the energy
cybersecurity office helps illuminate the long path for developing and implementing a
comprehensive resiliency plan,” said Suedeen Kelly, Protect Our Power’s regulatory counsel and
former commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

About Protect Our Power:
Protect Our Power (POP) is a not-for- profit organization designed to build a consensus among
key stakeholders, decision-makers and public policy influencers to launch a coordinated and
adequately funded effort to make the nation’s electric grid more resilient and more resistant to
all external threats. The national program must also ensure establishment of an enhanced
power restoration and recovery component for all grid operations that would include
communications protocols to protect the American public.
For more information about Protect Our Power, visit www.protectourpower.org.

Media Contact
Steve Kerekes, Protect Our Power
skerekes@protectourpower.org
703-508- 2550

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House Bill to Protect, Strengthen U.S. Electric Grid is Important First Step

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2017 – Legislation passed this week by the U.S House of Representatives marks an important step in strengthening the U.S. electric grid, according to Protect Our Power, a national not-for-profit organization focused on ensuring the grid is made more robust and resilient.

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Global Cyberattack Underscores Need to Strengthen U.S. Electric Grid

WASHINGTON, April 5, 2017 – More than 60 percent of Americans believe the nation’s electric power transmission grid is vulnerable to either cyber or physical attacks from foreign enemies, a new poll by Protect Our Power (POP), an organization of renowned experts dedicated to protecting our electric transmission and distribution system, today revealed. Fewer than 9 percent of Americans believe the U.S. government is doing all it should to protect the electric grid from a potential attack.

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Majority of Americans Concerned About Potential Cyber Attacks on Electric Grid

Protect Our Power National Poll: Washington Must Act to Keep Nation’s Electricity Supply Safe

WASHINGTON, April 5, 2017 – More than 60 percent of Americans believe the nation’s electric power transmission grid is vulnerable to either cyber or physical attacks from foreign enemies, a new poll by Protect Our Power (POP), an organization of renowned experts dedicated to protecting our electric transmission and distribution system, today revealed. Fewer than 9 percent of Americans believe the U.S. government is doing all it should to protect the electric grid from a potential attack.

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Expert Panel Urges Development of a Timely Plan to Make Electric Infrastructure More Resilient

WASHINGTON, February 17, 2017 — Protecting the U.S. electric grid must be an urgent priority and collaborative national security initiative, a forum of 20 experts concluded at Protect Our Power’s first advisory panel summit this week.

Protect Our Power, founded in 2016, is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to unite key industry groups, utilities, security experts, government — including military authorities — and public policy influencers to expedite efforts toward fortifying the grid against all threats, foreign and domestic.

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