This Is How Public-Private Partnerships Strengthen Grid Security

Public-private partnerships are vital to improved coordination and security. The federal government can convene stakeholders to set standards that will encourage both the public and private sectors to step up their security practices. The private sector has a tremendous amount of expertise and tools to share with its federal and state partners. And, encouraging the federal government to make use of the private sector’s resources is a common-sense starting point in the ongoing fight to secure the electric grid.

We’ve already seen some success with public-private partnerships. For example, the DoE works with the private sector to improve grid security at its national labs, which are hotbeds of innovative projects that have developed supercomputers, improved grid resiliency and more.

But, we can do more. For instance, the DoE can leverage and promote the excellent work already being done at the NIST National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), which brings together government, industry and academia to address the most pressing cybersecurity issues for various industries.

Using the comprehensive cybersecurity solutions created through NCCoE energy-sector projects would go a long way to help the utility industry scan for vulnerabilities created by their increasingly connected technology – and, thus, better manage their cyber posture.

At Tenable, we work with our partners in the federal government every day to help improve their cybersecurity standing. Streamlining these relationships would unleash the full potential of these partnerships. 

The time to act is now. Recent legislation is a strong start to securing the grid and keeping the economy moving. As cybersecurity professionals, lawmakers and federal government employees, we can have a tremendous impact on our nation’s security.

Read more at: Tenable