Compliance Management, Critical Infrastructure Security, Threat Intelligence, Incident Response, Government Regulations, TDR, Vulnerability Management

Bill seeks to alter nation’s critical infrastructure

Disconnecting computers used in power plants and electrical grids from the internet is being proposed in a bill before the Senate, according to The Hill.

A subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will hold a hearing on July 12 to discuss the Securing Energy Infrastructure Act, which proposes moving offline most critical components of the nation's critical infrastructure.

Introduced on June 6 by Sens. Angus King (I-Maine), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), the bill seeks to replace computer-connected components with analogue ones as a means to reduce the attack surface for potential intruders.

“National security officials and cyberexperts have repeatedly warned us about the dangerous impact a cyberattack could have on major components of our national infrastructure, like our electric grid,” said Sen. King in a statement.

This approach was helpful when the Ukraine's grid was targeted, the senators said.

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