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Energy official lacks authority to manage electric grid cybersecurity

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jon Wellinghoff said he needs congressional approval to manage cybersecurity on the electric grid.

Tags: Energy , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , technology , Jon Wellinghoff , Federal Drive , Congress

Thursday - 09/06/2012, 07:55am EDT

U.S. electric grid vulnerable to internet attacks

Piecemeal attempts to modernize an aging electric power grid have left it vulnerable to cyber attacks. Security has been an afterthought, according to a new report released by McAfee, a security technology company.

Tags: technolgoy , Federal Drive , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update

Monday - 07/23/2012, 09:30am EDT

FERC goes back to Congress again for more cyber oversight

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said it needs authority to enforce cybersecurity standards. The agency also wants Congress to expand its jurisdiction over electric grid operators.

Tags: cybersecurity , Smart Grid , Joseph McClelland , Greg Wilshusen , Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee , Congress , GAO , FERC , information sharing , Ruben Gomez , technology

Thursday - 07/19/2012, 05:12am EDT
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After stimulus funds, electric grids still vulnerable to cyber attacks

Despite billion in stimulus money, the electric gird is no safer from cyber attacks than it was.

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , technology , Next Gov , Federal Drive , stimulus funds

Tuesday - 05/01/2012, 02:58pm EDT

Report: DoD bases potential hotbeds for solar development

A new Defense Department report finds solar-power development on military bases and installations in the Western United States could generate as much solar energy as seven nuclear power plants. By working with private industry and renting out unused land on bases to serve as energy testbeds, the department could reap as much as $100 in revenue and reduced energy costs and rent payments. DoD spends $4 billion a year on energy costs.

Tags: DoD , technology , Federal Drive , DoD Report , Katherine Hammack , Energy , solar power , ICF International , Army , renewable energy

Monday - 01/16/2012, 08:08am EST

Energy aims to improve security of electric grid

Energy Department wants to develop a cybersecurity maturity model grid operators can measure themselves against.

Tags: Energy , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , technology , Federal Drive

Friday - 01/06/2012, 08:51am EST

SPECIAL REPORT: DHS takes inspiration from tragedy

Advance research agency sees opportunity from Katrina, power blackout, other events to solve large-scale problems. Technologies are high risk, but high payoff.

Tags: technology , Roger McGinnis , DHS Science and Technology , Homeland Security Advance Research and Technology , Army Corps of Engineers , Levee repair , innovation , series

Thursday - 05/21/2009, 12:44pm EDT
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Lawmakers give DHS role in protecting electric grid

FERC also would receive increased oversight authorities to mandate utility companies fix cyber vulnerabilities in their infrastructure.

Tags: technology , mngt , Rep. Bennie Thompson , Rep. Peter Kind , Sen. Joseph Lieberman , Rep. John Barrow , Rep. Ed Markey , Rep. Henry Waxman , FERC , DHS , cybersecurity ,

Friday - 05/01/2009, 07:07am EDT
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Transgendered cybersecurity appointee makes history

Amanda, formerly Mitchell, Simpson has been named senior technical adviser in the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security.

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , cybersecurity , Amanda Simpson , Commerce , McAfee , Camaroon , Energy

Wednesday - 01/06/2010, 08:58am EST

GridWorks

Tags: tech , DoE , Energy , Branko Terzic

Friday - 03/06/2009, 09:17am EST
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