Risk Assessments/Management, Breach, Critical Infrastructure Security, Compliance Management

Power grid cybersecurity legislation passed in New York

The New York Assembly has unanimously approved legislation that would strengthen the cybersecurity defenses of its energy supply amid increasingly prevalent cyberattacks against power grids across the U.S., Government Technology reports. "New York's energy grid is a prime target for hackers and cyber criminals across the globe. We cannot afford to sit on the sidelines and give folks who want to harm New York's unfettered access to the grid. The passage of this legislation is a crucial step in our fight against cyber crime and our efforts to bolster the resiliency of our grid," said Assemblyman Mike Cusick, D-North Shore/Mid-Island, who unveiled the bill. Gov. Kathy Hochul would review the bill should it also pass in the state Senate, according to a spokesperson for Hochul. "There is a new type of emerging risk that threatens our daily lives, and just as we improved our physical security infrastructure in the aftermath of 9/11, we must now transform how we approach cybersecurity with that same rigor and seriousness," Hochul said.

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