ISO New England’s Vice President of Information and Cyber Security Services has been named to a new advisory board of the Energy Sector Security Consortium, Inc. (EnergySec). Jamshid Afnan joins over 20 other senior energy-sector technology and security experts who will advise EnergySec leadership on key security issues affecting energy organizations and help set priorities for programs that enhance the cybersecurity resiliency of these organizations. EnergySec is a United States non-profit corporation formed to support energy sector organizations with the security of their critical technology infrastructures. Read their press release.
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ISO-NE contributes to standards-development process
On February 12, 2014, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released the final version of its voluntary cybersecurity standards, the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity. ISO New England, in collaboration with the ISO/RTO Council, was an active participant in the year-long process of standards creation.
ISO New England recently hosted a meeting of New England state utility commissioners and staff to continue an ongoing dialogue on the importance of electric grid cybersecurity. All six state commissions were represented as well as the New England States Committee on Electricity.
ISO New England began the discussion with a broad overview of its physical and cyber security practices, highlighting the importance of restricting access to sensitive systems and its commitment to mandatory ongoing training for ISO staff.
The U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) hosted a Cybersecurity Framework Workshop in Washington, DC on April 3 to discuss implementation of the Obama Administration’s executive order calling for the creation of voluntary cybersecurity standards for critical digital infrastructure.
During his State of the Union Address on February 12, US President Barack Obama announced that he had signed a long-anticipated executive order focused on strengthening cybersecurity for the nation’s critical digital infrastructure. The White House also released a Presidential Policy Directive to provide additional clarity.
On September 20, FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff announced the creation of a new FERC office that will help the Commission focus on potential cyber and physical security risks to energy facilities under its jurisdiction. The new Office of Energy Infrastructure Security (OEIS) will assist the Commission to address potential risks to FERC-jurisdictional facilities from cyber attacks and such physical threats as electromagnetic pulses. OEIS will be led by Joseph McClelland, formerly the Director of the Office of Electric Reliability. For more information, please see FERC’s press release.