What Homeland Security wants utilities to know and do

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Quick Take: You know that NERC is developing more and more security mandates for utilities. And you may recall that two congressmen want the federal government to take over grid security. But don't forget that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has its eyes on our industry, as demonstrated by its recently revised National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP).

 

Emergency Management recently ran a lengthy Q&A with one of Homeland Security's top executives. Brief excerpts below, or read the full article.  â€“ Jesse Berst

 

Bob Kolasky serves as director of strategy and policy for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Infrastructure Protection. He leads initiatives and policy activities to improve infrastructure resilience in the face of terrorism, climate change and other risks.

 

What were the significant changes made from previous editions of NIPP?

The newest plan lays out an enterprise approach to risk management that incorporates cyber and physical security and resilience measures. It emphasizes the role of information sharing while still leaving voluntary public-private partnerships as the principle mechanism for managing critical infrastructure risk.