Protecting the nation’s electric grid and ensuring a reliable supply of energy are top priorities for the electric power industry. The power grid is a complex, interconnected network of generation, transmission, distribution, control, and communication technologies, which can be damaged by natural events—such as severe storms—and by malicious events, such as cyber and physical attacks.
Today, the electric power industry is forging ahead with a series of initiatives to safeguard the electric grid from threats and is partnering with federal agencies to improve sector-wide resilience to cyber and physical threats. The industry also collaborates with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, and federal intelligence and law enforcement agencies to strengthen its capabilities.
As threats to the grid grow and become more sophisticated, the industry remains committed to continuing to strengthen its defenses.