Senators Want FERC Investigation Of Energy Grid

Two US Senators have expressed concern that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is failing to enforce it's own rules.

In a letter, Senators Lieberman (I-Connecticut) and Collins (R-Maine) expressed concern that two digital certificate authorities that govern access to the nation's electric grid’s cyber business systems "may be failing to meet cybersecurity requirements." The requirements are from the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) and were adopted by reference and put into regulation by FERC. The specific complaint is that these certificate authorities are issuing 30-year expiration dates--ten years more than what's allowed.

The Senators warn "the violations could undermine part of the security system protecting our grid."

This is related to recent comments by Jesse Hurley, co-chair of the NAESB’s Critical Infrastructure Committee, who said in June "If you issue a fraudulent certificate or you’re lax… the consequences could be disastrous."