House Votes to Secure Energy Grid
In a unanimous vote before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, legislators have passed the Grid Reliability and Infrastructure Defense (GRID) Act as a preemptive measure against cyber-terrorist attacks. Beginning with an analysis of potential weaknesses, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is charged with the task of securing the United States' energy systems.
Representative Ed Markey (D-Mass.), the bill's co-sponsor, emphasized the vulnerability of the electrical grid as a major threat to our most essential infrastructures. "Every one of our nation's critical systems - water, healthcare, telecommunications, transportation, law enforcement, financial services - depends on the grid."