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House Passes Cyber Bills to Protect Energy Infrastructure (1)

July 20, 2021, 9:00 AMUpdated: July 20, 2021, 8:53 PM

The Energy Department’s cybersecurity oversight would be strengthened and the electric industry’s defenses bolstered under three bipartisan measures House lawmakers passed by voice vote this week.

A spate of devastating recent cyberattacks—including on Colonial Pipeline Co.—has increased lawmaker urgency about protecting critical U.S. energy infrastructure. While the three bills don’t target pipelines, the legislation aims to make energy security core to the Energy Department’s responsibilities and mitigate cybersecurity risks for electric utilities.

Legislation (H.R. 3119) from Reps. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) and Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) would codify into law the authority of a Senate-confirmed cyber leader at DOE in ...

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