The American grid system is getting a cybersecurity upgrade, a new Reuters article reports.
The Department of Energy announced a program on Wednesday to protect the nation’s power grid from cyberattacks and natural disasters.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry said the DOE “plays a vital role in protecting our nation’s energy infrastructure from cyber threats, physical attack and natural disaster, and as secretary, I have no higher priority.”
President Donald Trump’s new budget proposal increases allocations for the Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response by $96 million.
Cybersecurity isn’t just an issue for American energy facilities. An analysis of data collected from 134 countries by the International Telecommunication Union revealed that some of the world’s biggest oil producers, including Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Iran, and the UAE, are lacking in the cybersecurity department. According to The Fuse, ”Countries that rank low in cyber readiness account for more than 44 million barrels per day (mbd), approximately 45 percent of the world’s daily oil production”.
This means that, compared to European producers and the United States, large OPEC members are pretty much unprepared for a major cyberthreat.
Full article: American Grid System Gears Up For Cybersecurity Upgrade (OilPrice)