The White House Introduced- Electric Sector Cybersecurity Risk Maturity Model

The White House has launched a new initiative designed to help companies in the electric power industry measure the maturity of their security programs against a new maturity model. The program is being run in tandem with the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Energy and is meant to help the utility companies find their weak spots and where they need to improve.
The Electric Sector Cybersecurity Risk Maturity Model Pilot is the first such program launched by the White House, which has been pointing to information security--and specifically the security of systems running utilities and critical infrastructure--as a priority since the beginning of the Obama administration. The administration has developed a number of strategies and policy documents in the last few years, but this is the first foray into the kind of maturity model that typically is seen in private industry.
The White House, DHS and Energy launched the initiative last week with a meeting of government officials and executives from electric companies to discuss the main problems facing the industry when it comes to information security.
In his blog Howard Schmidt, the White House cybersecurity coordinator, said -
"This initiative -- the Electric Sector Cybersecurity Risk Maturity Model Pilot -- is a new White House initiative led by the Department of Energy, in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security, to develop a model to help us identify how secure the electric grid is from cyber threats and test that model with participating utilities. Gaining knowledge about strengths and remaining gaps across the grid will better inform investment planning and research and development, and enhance our public-private partnership efforts," 

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