Three federal agencies to defend energy infrastructure from Cyber Attacks

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The Energy infrastructure in the United States from now on will be defended by the Departments of Energy and Homeland Security and Department of Defense. These three agencies on a joint note have worked on a memorandum to work on preventive measures where cyber threat indicators and cyber defense capabilities will be outlined to secure the energy grids across the nation.

According to the MoU available to the media, the three agencies will be working on an information-sharing platform which will include compilation and sharing of cyberattack response playbooks and energy infrastructure stakeholders.

Bryan Ware, the assistant director for Cybersecurity at DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said the agreement will help develop threat indicators and warnings to fasten up cyber response, critical functions and will thus help enhance cyber threat information sharing.

As the United States is facing cyber adversaries threats from Iran, North Korea, and Russia, it is planning to strengthen its Cybersecurity initiatives on critical infrastructure. The same was termed by Donald Trump in September last year where he also promised more investments to bolster the cyber defense of the United States on International Arena- all to make America greatest.

Technically speaking, the US government networks are already pretty well defended against cyber attacks and so the support from 3 agencies is said to support it further.