The Lexington Institute hosted a Capitol Hill Forum on the National Guard’s Role in Cybersecurity for the U.S. Power Grid on Tuesday, June 21. Click on the names of the speakers below to view videos of their speeches.
Videos of Speeches:
Dr. Neil E. Jenkins, Chief of Policy and Planning at the National Cybersecurity and Communication Integration Center, National Protection and Programs Directorate, Office of Cybersecurity & Communications, Department of Homeland Security
The power grid, which provides electricity to homes, businesses, and government across the United States, is vulnerable to an increasing number of threats, the least understood but potentially most dangerous is a cyberattack.
Documented attempts to compromise the grid are often incomplete or somewhat unreliable. Yet reports of attempted cyberattacks, particularly on the industrial control mechanisms used to operate the power grid, have increased.
The power utilities responsible for producing and delivering electricity are generally under-resourced for the task of preventing or limiting damage from cyberattacks. But one approach gaining momentum in many states is collaboration with the National Guard. The National Guard is rapidly developing expertise in cyber defense, with seven cyber protection teams already in place and plans to create 13 more by 2019.
The National Guard is uniquely positioned for this work by its dual role as an asset available to both state and federal authorities. But as the Guard assumes increasing responsibilities in this work, new questions regarding the role must also be addressed, including how to reconcile it with the Guard’s prohibition on competing with the private sector.
National Guard’s Role in Cybersecurity for the Power Grid
Capitol Hill Forum
Tuesday, June 21
Capitol Visitor Center
Room SVC 208-209
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