• Legislation Introduced to Address Vulnerabilities of Power Grid to Cyber Threats
  • February 25, 2011
  • Law Firm: Venable LLP - Washington Office
  • Recently proposed federal legislation seeks to prevent and mitigate the impacts of cybersecurity attacks on the critical components of the Nation’s electrical infrastructure. In particular, the “SHIELD Act” aims to secure the bulk-power system and electrical infrastructure critical to the defense of the United States against the threat of a malicious electromagnetic pulse (EMP) or natural geomagnetic disturbance (GMD) that could cause widespread and long-lasting disruption, damage or destruction of electrical equipment. Other legislation proposes greater coordination among federal agencies in identifying and protecting against cyber threats, while seeking to safeguard privacy and civil liberties. These proposals are among other recent initiatives by the federal government to address the vulnerabilities of the power grid to cyber threats.