Aug 05 2010

DHS Quietly Dispatching Teams to Test Power Plant Cybersecurity

Category: cyber securityDISC @ 1:22 pm
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The Department of Homeland Security is quietly creating teams of experts charged with assessing the cyber security needs of power plants in the U.S. The question is why the secrecy? When plants vulnerabilities are known facts in both security and hacker communities, perhaps it is time to pay attention or impossible to ignore anymore even by DHS.

Utility Security: The New Paradigm

By Jaikumar Vijayan
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is quietly creating specialized teams of experts to test industrial control systems at U.S power plants for cybersecurity weaknesses, according to a report published today by the Associate Press.

According to the Associate Press report, DHS has so far created four teams to conduct such assessments, according to Sean McGurk, director of control system security. McGurk told the news service that 10 teams are expected to be in the field next year as the program’s annual budget grows from $10 million to $15 million.

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Tags: Computer security, Control system, Homeland Security Department, power plants, Power station, United States Department of Homeland Security, utilities