Biden’s Cybersecurity Plan is met With Regulations

Biden administration’s push to improve U.S. grid cybersecurity defenses may hit a wall.

According to E&E News, the administration is running up against a patchwork of state-level regulations that could derail federal efforts to protect fast-growing renewable energy resources from hackers.

The departments of Homeland Security and Commerce last month released “best practices” aimed at boosting critical infrastructure security, following up on a presidential memo in July that called for voluntary goal posts to combat “woefully insufficient” cyber oversight (Energywire, July 29).

But experts warn that as distributed resources like solar and wind are added to the U.S. power grid, the increasing connectivity among electricity systems provides new opportunities for hackers to sow chaos in energy networks that are beyond the reach of the White House but fall under the jurisdiction of state rules.

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