Grid-Protecting CIPA: Enacted, But In Time?

Grid-Protecting CIPA: Enacted, But In Time?

Congress, virtually at the last legislative minute in 2016, and unnoted by the press, finally passed the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act (CIPA)—arguably the most important cyber-security legislation ever approved.  The bill, long-championed by Congressman Trent Franks (AZ) and sponsored by Senator Ron Johnson (WI) in the Senate, has traveled a long road. 
 

Very Thorough Resource on the Threat to the Grid

Very Thorough Resource on the Threat to the Grid

What you'll find here is one of the most thorough resources available (for your own use and to pass along to your family and friends) about the threat to the power grid.

What is EMP and What is Being Done to Protect Us?

What is EMP and What is Being Done to Protect Us?

Below is a rich resource for those wanting more information about EMP. You'll find the entire manuscript of Dr. Pry's testimony before the House Committee on Homeland Security, including: 

  • Dr. Pry's advocacy for proposed legislation to harden our infrastructure
  • A thorough primer on EMP

Russian Malware in Power Grid

Russian Malware in Power Grid

 

The Washington Post reported that malware associated with the Russian hacking operation Grizzly Steppe was detected at the Vermont utility Burlington Electric. Grizzly Steppe is the name of the recent cyberattack that included stollen emails from the Democratic National Committee, which were later released by WikiLeaks during this year’s presidential campaign. In short, the Russians launched a sophisticated attack targeting government organizations, think tanks, universities, political organizations, corporations, and critical infrastructure entities such as Burlington Electric.

U.S. Senate Acts to Secure the Grid

U.S. Senate Acts to Secure the Grid

A bill passed through the U.S. Senate last week that will help secure the power grid.

Trump Pledges to Secure the Grid

Trump Pledges to Secure the Grid

President-Elect Donald Trump pledged to make the vulnerable power grid a national security priority. 

Ted Koppel Talks About the Power Grid

Ted Koppel Talks About the Power Grid

Below is an interview with the Journalist Ted Koppel, who released his book Lights Out in October, 2015. Lights Out is the non-fiction version of my novel Patriarch Run. It details why we are so vulnerable to a cyberattack on our power grid. In my novel the bad guy wants to take down the grid as a means to commit mass murder on a scale never seen before in human history.

New EMP Weapon

New EMP Weapon

Boeing successfully tested an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapon capable of disabling electronics. The Counter-electronics High-powered Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP) was tested in Utah at a training range.

Government Takes Threat to the Grid More Seriously

Government Takes Threat to the Grid More Seriously

In a few hours, NOAA and NASA will launch the GOES-R satellite, which, among other things, will warn us if a dangerous coronal mass ejection (CME) is heading for Earth. A large CME could take down power grids and create an apocalyptic scenario like the one outlined in my thriller Patriarch Run.

Are Large Transformers A Threat to National Security?

Are Large Transformers A Threat to National Security?

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) assessed the vulnerability of the large power transformers of the U.S. power grid and identified the vulnerability of the transformers as a major national security concern.