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Texas Passes Grid Protection Bills to Enhance Cybersecurity

May 23, 2019 / Security Magazine

Texas passed two grid protection bills -- Senate Bill 475 and Senate Bill 936 -- to boost cybersecurity monitoring and best practices.  The Texas Electric Grid Security Council, composed of a governor's appointee, a member of the Public Utilities Commission and the chief executive officer of Electric Reliability Council of Texas, will be tasked with: the development of educational programs or marketing materials to promote the development of a grid security workforce. the development of grid security best practices. preparation for events that threaten grid security. amendments to the state emergency management plan to ensure coordinated and adaptable response and recovery efforts after events that threaten grid security. Bill 475 says, "The council may prepare a report outlining grid security response efforts that do not involve classified or highly sensitive, company-specific information. If the council prepares the report, the council shall deliver the report to the go...