U.S. electrical grid faces cybersecurity challenges

Monday - 6/14/2010, 5:47pm EDT

WFED's Max Cacas

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Is the power grid safe? And even more challenging, if the Smart Grid rolls out as everybody expects, will it continue to be safe?

On Capitol Hill, the House has approved (and sent to the Senate) HR-5026.

The measure would beef up federal efforts to protect the nation's electrical grid from possible cyber attacks.

But federal officials trying to make that happen face some challenges - namely, a concept called "interoperability."

Federal News Radio's Max Cacas finds out about such challenges from Eric Lightener, Director of the Federal Smart Grid Task Force at the Department of Energy, and David Wollman, leader of the National Institutes of Standards and Technology's Smart Grid team, heading up the Electrical Metrology Groups.