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Biden Rushes to Protect Power Grid as Hacking Threats Grow

  • Soon-to-be-released action plan will begin with 100-day sprint
  • Voluntary program could include funding, other incentives
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A White House plan to rapidly shore up the security of the U.S. power grid will begin with a 100-day sprint, but take years more to transform utilities’ ability to fight off hackers, according to details of a draft version of the plan confirmed by two people.

The plan is the policy equivalent of a high-wire act: it provides incentives for electric companies to dramatically change the way they protect themselves against cyber-attacks while trying to avoid political tripwires that have stalled previous efforts, the details suggest.