Emerging focus on cyber threats to energy infrastructure

Last week, the Kentucky office of Homeland Security hosted an exercise simulating attacks on power grid, government computer networks. Participants included law enforcement, first responders and private sector representatives engaged in health and security.   The exercise centered on how the state would react if hackers were able to take down Kentucky’s energy grid while simultaneously engaged in the exfiltration of information from government computer networks. The goal was to provide a gap model and develop best practices that can be utilized by other states and by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  Also last week, InfraGard of the National Capital Region (InfraGardNCR) announced a partnership between the FBI and the private sector to protect critical infrastructure and provide a comprehensive effort to recognize and support National Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month (NCISRM).

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