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U.S. Unveils Plan to Protect Power Grid From Foreign Hackers

  • 100-day sprint will enhance monitoring, convene industry group
  • Final plan drops supply chain proposal, financial incentives
   
Photographer: Craig Warga/Bloomberg
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The White House unveiled on Tuesday a 100-day plan intended to protect the U.S. power grid from cyber-attacks, mainly by creating a stronger relationship between U.S. national security agencies and the mostly private utilities that run the electrical system.

The plan is among the first big steps toward fulfilling the Biden administration’s promise to urgently improve the country’s cyber defenses. The nation’s power system is both highly vulnerable to hacking and a target for nation-state adversaries looking to counter the U.S. advantage in conventional military and economic power.