Managing Principal Susan Tierney Contributes to Bipartisan Policy Center Report on Cybersecurity

March 13, 2014

The Bipartisan Policy Center's (BPC) Electric Grid Cybersecurity Initiative -- a joint effort of the BPC's Energy Project and Homeland Security Project -- recently published a report outlining recommendations to better prepare the U.S. electric grid against cyber attacks. The report, "Cybersecurity and the North American Electric Grid: New Policy Approaches to Address an Evolving Threat," reflects the findings of the initiative's three cochairs: General Michael Hayden, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency; Curt Hebert, former chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; and Analysis Group Managing Principal Susan Tierney. Several experts in the energy and security sectors also contributed to the report.

The report notes that government agencies and the electric power industry have done much to improve the security of the U.S. grid, but also makes recommendations on target areas where gaps or limitations in policies and practices could leave room for cyber threats. One suggested area of improvement highlighted in the report is the need to address incentives and cost-allocation issues in cybersecurity investments. "Utilities are expected to spend roughly $7 billion on cybersecurity by 2020. That's not chump change," said Dr. Tierney in a BPC press release. "A key question moving forward is how the cost of such investments will be distributed. Some government leadership is needed to help regulators better evaluate investments. We should also provide support for entities that own critical facilities but may lack resources to make investments."

News coverage of the report has been published in several outlets, including Bloomberg, Business Insider, the New York Times, and USA Today.

Read the BPC press release and full report

Read the New York Times article