Trustees Authorize $7 Million in Funding to Strengthen Cyber
Security of Power and Transmission Assets
December 18, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHITE PLAINS—The New
York Power Authority (NYPA) trustees Tuesday authorized $7 million
in funding to enhance the cyber security of NYPA’s power generation
and high-voltage transmission facilities to meet new requirements of
the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
The eight new
standards, which were issued last August, provide a comprehensive
set of requirements to protect the nation’s power system from cyber
attacks—computer-to-computer assaults—and to ensure continued
reliability of electricity service.
The new standards
require utilities to establish plans, protocols and controls to
safeguard physical and electronic access to systems, train personnel
on security matters and report security incidents and to be prepared
to recover information.
“The Power Authority
has long recognized the importance of protecting its more than $3
billion in power generation and transmission assets from cyber
attacks,” said Dennis Eccleston, chief information officer, NYPA.
“We have 18 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit miles
of power lines that account for approximately one-third of New York
State’s high-voltage lines. The additional measures that we’re
undertaking to comply with the new federal standards will contribute
to our further safeguarding those assets.”
Eccleston noted that
NYPA expects to fully meet the new cyber standards by mid-2009, with
work already under way by an interdepartmental team from Power
Generation, Transmission, the Office of Inspector General and
Information Technology. Expenditures of $4.2 million are planned for
2008, with $2.8 million slated for 2009.
The new standards were
developed and issued in 2006 by the North American Electric
Reliability Corporation (NERC) before being adopted by FERC. NERC
is a certified electric reliability organization dedicated to
improving the dependability and security of the bulk power system in
■ NYPA uses no tax money or
state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of
bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of
electricity. ■ NYPA is a leader in promoting
energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric
transportation initiatives. ■ It is the
nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating
facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400
circuit-miles of transmission lines.
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