Extreme weather is the culprit in the Texas power crisis, but that’s not our worst problem

The greater threat we face is the daily bombardment of cyberattacks on our nation’s critical infrastructure — most notably on the electric sector.

The massive electric power outages in Texas may seem puzzling to many: How can a state so rich in energy resources be brought to its knees by a winter storm, leaving millions of households without electricity and many without water?

The early blame game has elected officials pointing the finger at renewable energy resources and “green energy” policies, and calling for the heads of power companies and the state’s electricity regulators. The governor announced he is launching an official investigation, and judgment should be reserved until an unbiased process has been completed.

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Malicious Cyber Activity Can be Deterred by Certainty of Response

After years of malicious cyber activity targeting U.S. critical infrastructure, hackers linked to Russia recently infiltrated numerous American companies and federal government agencies, including the Departments of Homeland Security and Commerce, the Treasury and the Pentagon. This attack compromised national security and is costing business and the government untold millions or billions of dollars in damages.

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Electric Grid Advocacy Organization Protect Our Power Supports Nomination of Granholm as Secretary of Energy

At her recent Senate confirmation hearing, former Michigan governor and current Secretary of Energy nominee Jennifer Granholm pledged to make electric grid security a priority. She also expressed hope that actions to enhance grid security will be part of infrastructure legislation proposed by the Biden Administration.

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Protect Our Power Sponsors Supply Chain Collaborative to Support Critical DOE Policy Development

WASHINGTON, Dec. 23, 2020 — An effective program to secure the integrity of the U.S. power industry supply chain is a complex but urgent matter requiring extensive collaboration and sustained industry input, among government agencies, electric power companies and vendors, according to comments filed today with the U.S. Department of Energy by Protect Our Power, an electric grid advocacy group.

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Protect Our Power Comments on SolarWinds Cyber Attack

As we witness our confusing, chaotic, yet often courageous struggle to overcome the coronavirus pandemic, clear lessons emerge:

* Politics often wins over science.
* A reliable, organized supply chain is essential.
* Existing federal government emergency powers, if used quickly, could help put us in front of a rapidly escalating crisis.
* Policies that pit state against state are wasteful and hazardous, and
* A national challenge requires a planned, coherent, and coordinated national solution.

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A National Threat Demands a National Response

As we witness our confusing, chaotic, yet often courageous struggle to overcome the coronavirus pandemic, clear lessons emerge:

* Politics often wins over science.
* A reliable, organized supply chain is essential.
* Existing federal government emergency powers, if used quickly, could help put us in front of a rapidly escalating crisis.
* Policies that pit state against state are wasteful and hazardous, and
* A national challenge requires a planned, coherent, and coordinated national solution.

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Protect Our Power Supports FERC Electricity Cybersecurity Incentives Initiative, Proposes Technical Conference to Develop Policies

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2020 – Electric grid advocacy group Protect Our Power today applauded the Senate Armed Services Committee for including in its annual defense policy bill provisions to implement 11 of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission’s recommendations, including a call for studying "the feasibility and advisability" of creating a national cybersecurity director.

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Protect Our Power Urges Vigilance in Response to NSA and CISA Warning on Critical Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2020 – Electric grid advocacy group Protect Our Power today applauded the Senate Armed Services Committee for including in its annual defense policy bill provisions to implement 11 of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission’s recommendations, including a call for studying "the feasibility and advisability" of creating a national cybersecurity director.

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Protect Our Power Applauds Senate Committee Adoption of Cyberspace Solarium Commission Recommendations

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2020 – Electric grid advocacy group Protect Our Power today applauded the Senate Armed Services Committee for including in its annual defense policy bill provisions to implement 11 of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission’s recommendations, including a call for studying "the feasibility and advisability" of creating a national cybersecurity director.

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Protect Our Power Commends Cyberspace Solarium Commission for Issuing “Cybersecurity Lessons from the Pandemic” White Paper

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2020 – In an effort to better protect the electric grid from attacks from foreign adversaries, President Trump today signed an Executive Order, “Securing the United States Bulk Power System,” banning the purchase and installation of some equipment for power plants and the transmission system, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Protect Our Power Welcomes President Trump’s Executive Order to Secure Electric Power System

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2020 – In an effort to better protect the electric grid from attacks from foreign adversaries, President Trump today signed an Executive Order, “Securing the United States Bulk Power System,” banning the purchase and installation of some equipment for power plants and the transmission system, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Utility Commissioners Briefed on Cyberspace Solarium Report Recommendations to Boost Security of Critical Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2020 – State utility commissions can strengthen the cybersecurity of U.S. critical infrastructure – particularly the electric grid – by advancing several relevant recommendations of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission report released last month, utility commissioners were told in a webinar today.

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Grid Resilience Key to Effective Cybersecurity Plan

WASHINGTON, March 11, 2020 – Improved resiliency of the nation’s electric grid is key to virtually all national infrastructure, said grid advocacy group Protect Our Power, which applauded the recommendations of the bi-partisan Cyberspace Solarium Commission, released today.

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Protect Our Power Welcomes Federal Legislation To Safeguard Electric Grid from Attacks

WASHINGTON, February 28, 2020 – The electric grid resilience organization Protect Our Power welcomed the planned introduction in Congress of energy legislation that includes provisions to better protect the U.S. electric grid against physical and cyber threats.

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Vulnerabilities in Power Industry Supply Chain May Increase Risk of Successful Cyber Attack on Electric Grid

Study from Ridge Global, commissioned by Protect Our Power, highlights ‘clear and present danger’ to national security

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Several States Implementing Model Laws, Practices to Bolster Cybersecurity of Electric Grid: Vermont Law School Study

Several States Implementing Model Laws, Practices to Bolster Cybersecurity of Electric Grid: Vermont Law School Study

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Protect Our Power Celebrates Winners of High School Cybersecurity Competition

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Protect Our Power has awarded monetary prizes to the winners of this year’s National Governors Association Capture the Flag Cyber Challenge.

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Protect Our Powers Adds Two Experts as Advisors to Grid Security Group

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2019 – Rebecca Slayton and Fred Hintermister are the newest additions to the Advisory Panel of Protect Our Power.

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Cybersecurity Awareness Month Provides Opportunity To Increase Urgency of Actions to Protect U.S. Electric Grid

WASHINGTON, Oct. 3, 2019 – Protect Our Power Executive Director Jim Cunningham issued the following statement on October’s designation as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

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Two Top Electric Power Experts Join Protect Our Power Advisory Panel

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2019 – Shelley Longmuir, a director at the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC), and Steven T. Naumann, a long-time veteran of Exelon Corp., have joined the Advisory Panel of Protect Our Power.

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Protect Our Power Welcomes Introduction of Federal Legislation to Safeguard Electric Grid from Attacks

WASHINGTON, July 11, 2019 – The electric grid resilience advocacy organization, Protect Our Power, welcomed the introduction in Congress today of two legislative proposals aimed at strengthening the U.S. electric grid against physical and cyber threats.

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Urgent Need to Support Prompt Cost Recovery for Cybersecurity Investments in Electric Grid: Vermont Law School Study

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2019—Cost recovery for electric sector cybersecurity investments is a critical component in ensuring that utility companies make key investments to protect the U.S. electric grid from cyberattacks, according to a new study.

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Two Top Security Officials Join Protect Our Power Advisory Panel

WASHINGTON, March 14, 2019 – The nation’s first Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, former Gov. Tom Ridge, and Michael Bardee, former director the office of Electric Reliability of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), have joined the Advisory Panel of Protect Our Power, the nation’s leading organization that advocates for a more secure electric grid.

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Vermont Law School Study on Electric Grid Resiliency Finds Urgent Need for Cost Recovery of Cybersecurity Investments

Research Commissioned by Protect Our Power Provides Pathway to Address Complex National Security Challenge

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Feb. 4 Conference in New Orleans Will Focus on Security of Electric Grid

Protect Our Power Will Launch Project to Evaluate and Share Best Practices at Feb. 4th Conference in New Orleans

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Ridge Global Report: Foreign-Controlled Equipment Creates Opportunity for Governments, Hackers to Disrupt Electricity Grid

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 1, 2018 — Potentially crippling power outages could be caused by foreign agents gaining access to the U.S. electricity grid by exploiting known equipment vulnerabilities, according to a report released today by Ridge Global, an international risk assessment and management firm based in Washington, D.C.

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Deterring Foreign Hackers From Threatening Grid Needed, But Prevention Must Be Key Objective: Protect Our Power

In response to a front-page story in today’s Wall Street Journal regarding security of the nation’s electric grid, Protect Our Power Executive Director Jim Cunningham offered the following statement

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Electric Grid Attacks Alarming; Protect Our Power Urges Prompt Action

Russian hackers have penetrated hundreds of U.S. electric utility control rooms and could have caused blackouts.

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Protect Our Power and Institute for Energy and the Environment Partner for a More Secure and Resilient Electric Grid

Within the letter and recognized: Chairman Walden, Ranking Member Pallone, Rep. Walberg, McNerney, Rush, and Latta.

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Protect Our Power Lends Support to House Energy & Commerce Committee Grid Efforts

Within the letter and recognized: Chairman Walden, Ranking Member Pallone, Rep. Walberg, McNerney, Rush, and Latta.

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Electric Industry Leaders Mroz and Feldman Join Protect Our Power

WASHINGTON, April 19, 2018 – Two prominent leaders in the U.S. electric industry have joined Protect Our Power, a not-for-profit organization that seeks to expedite efforts toward fortifying the grid against all threats, foreign and domestic.

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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).

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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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