U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, at a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Thursday addressed the importance of working with the electric industry to improve the nation's cyber security.
"The danger posed to our nation's electricity infrastructure from a possible cyber attack is clear and should prompt Congress to provide government agencies with the authority to respond to such threats and vulnerabilities in a timely manner," Murkowski said.
The Energy Committee is one of seven Senate committees examining the cyber issue. The Energy Committee is considering a measure that would improve cyber security in partnership with the nation's electricity providers, which is the only industry with mandatory and enforceable cyber security standards.
"We will continue to work with the electric industry and other stakeholders to improve security of the national grid," Murkowski said. "One area that must not be overlooked is the timely sharing of information between the government and our partners in the private sector on potential threats."
"The measure we are considering today is just one piece of the cyber security issue. A number of other committees are looking at related issues," Murkowski said. "We will do our part on this committee by working to report out the electricity portion, and if the full Senate decides to take a comprehensive approach on cyber legislation, we will work with other committees and Senate leadership to fit our piece into a broader bill."
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