GAO report highlights increasing cyber security risks facing the US electric grid

Published: Tuesday, 01 October 2019 08:50

The United States’ electric grid is becoming more vulnerable to cyber attacks — particularly those involving industrial control systems that support grid operations; this is one of the key findings of a new GAO report 'Critical Infrastructure Protection: Actions Needed to Address Significant Cybersecurity Risks Facing the Electric Grid.'

The report also states that threat actors (nations, criminal groups, terrorists, and others) are increasingly capable of attacking the electric grid. The impacts of such attacks could be severe but are as yet unclear: “While recent federal assessments indicate that cyber attacks could cause widespread power outages in the United States, the scale of power outages that may result from a cyber attack is uncertain due to limitations in those assessments,” says the report.

Read the report.