FERC Opens New Cybersecurity-Focused Office

Law360, Washington (September 20, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT) -- The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced Thursday that it has opened a new office to tackle cybersecurity and physical security threats to the electric grid, despite congressional foot-dragging to give the agency additional regulatory power.

The new Office of Energy Infrastructure Security will focus on creating solutions and recommendations to combat security threats and vulnerabilities within FERC-regulated entities under the agency's current authority. It will also have congressional, interagency and private sector outreach responsibilities to help communicate issues and advice to other energy players.

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