US Not Prepared for Grid Terror
January 14, 2016
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The federal government is not prepared to deal with a cyberattack that cripples the power grid, Ted Koppel warns in his new book, “Lights Out.”
“The current secretary of homeland security is sure that a plan to deal with the aftermath of a cyberattack on the grid exists, but he doesn’t know any details of the plan,” Koppel writes. “As of this writing, there is no specific plan.”
Koppel also states, “It would be comforting to report that those agencies charged with responding to disaster are adequately prepared to deal with the consequences of a cyberattack on on the grid. They are not.”
The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, does not believe a city would have to be evacuated after it is crippled by a power outage which his deputy believes that it would be necessary, Koppel writes.
The Energy Times recently interviewed Koppel about his book.
That interview will kickoff a webcast, The Grid Cyberthreat – Are We Prepared, February 3 from 2 – 3 pm ET, that will explore the government and industry response to the cyberthreat with top federal officials and industry leaders.