New USAID-NARUC Cyber Guide
Regina Lavette Davis is NARUC’s Director of Communications and Public Affairs. She served in a similar role for the Maryland Public Service Commission before joining NARUC in 2015.
s the global fight rages against the invisible coronavirus, a new cyber guide aims to prevent the spread of another type of virus threatening cybersecurity in the U.S. and overseas.
"The Utility Regulator's Role in Promoting Cybersecurity: Resilience, Risk Assessment, and Standards," is a practical guide that aims to increase regulators' technical capacities and abilities to face a host of cyber threats across the energy sector.
With support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), NARUC engaged a group of international cyber experts to prepare the publication. The guide is aimed primarily at utility regulators in Europe and Eurasia, as well as in the U.S.
With increased cyberattacks on utilities, energy regulators have the opportunity to serve as leaders within their countries to ensure secure and reliable energy supplies to consumers. This guide allows regulators to consider and adapt standards to their national contexts.
The guide's authors are cyber authorities in the U.S. and the European Union: Stefano Bracco, of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators; Frances Cleveland, from Xanthus Consulting International (on behalf of the International Electrotechnical Commission System Committee — Smart Energy — Cyber Security Task Force), and Tim Conway, from the SANS Institute. Bracco and Cleveland provide key insights and describe challenges across the cyber landscape.