U.S.-Canada Release Grid Cyber Strategy

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 @ 02:12 PM gHale

The “Joint United States-Canada Electric Grid Security and Resilience Strategy” released fulfilling the commitment made in March between the United States and Canada to “develop a joint U.S.-Canadian strategy for strengthening the security and resilience of the North American electricity grid.”

The strategy focuses on strength “against the growing threat from cyberattacks and climate change impacts.”

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The strategy describes joint goals and objectives to address the vulnerabilities of the two countries’ respective and shared electric grid infrastructure as a matter of energy security and national security.

Three strategic goals underpin the effort to strengthen the security and resilience of the electric grid:
1. Protect today’s electric grid and enhance preparedness: A secure and resilient electric grid that protects system assets and critical functions and is able to withstand and recover rapidly from disruptions is a priority for the governments.
2. Manage contingencies and enhance response and recovery efforts: The strategy sets out a shared approach for enhancing continuity and response capabilities, supporting mutual aid arrangements such as cyber mutual assistance across a diverse set of stakeholders, understanding interdependencies, and expanding available tools for recovery and rebuilding.
3. Build a more secure and resilient future electric grid: The United States and Canada are working to build a more secure and resilient electric grid that is responsive to a variety of threats, hazards, and vulnerabilities, including increased threats from climate change. To achieve this, the electric grid will need to be more flexible and agile, with an architecture into which new technologies may be readily incorporated.

Click here to read the strategy.



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