Inside Cybersecurity: Electric Sector Takes On Effort To Bolster Cyber Info-Sharing Across Industries

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Electric Sector Takes On Effort To Bolster Cyber Info-Sharing Across Industries

February 6, 2018

By Joshua Higgins

The Electric Sector Coordinating Council has embarked on a multifaceted effort to promote sharing of cyber threat information, collaborating with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation to bolster info-sharing both across industries and within the electricity sector.

“We’re trying to tie all these things together,” Kenneth Carnes, chief information security officer at the New York Power Authority, said in an interview Monday with Inside Cybersecurity.

The work on cross-sector collaboration on information sharing comes amid efforts to improve info-sharing within the sector as well.

Carnes said that a new “pilot” project by the Electric Information Sharing and Analysis Center -- which is housed at NERC -- and the Large Public Power Council will help improve sharing within the sector as entities are “just not as open as they could be” when it comes to info-sharing on cyber vulnerabilities.

“There’s been a bit of reluctance for people to share what they’re seeing in their environments,” Carnes said, adding that the sector already has a strong base level of sharing and cooperative relationships.

Read the full article to learn how the E-ISAC’s new initiative will help improve the cyber and physical security services for the electric industry. 

Date: 
Tuesday, February 6, 2018