The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) shares the President’s goal of protecting critical infrastructure from cyber attacks.  As the only industry subject to mandatory and enforceable cybersecurity standards, the electric power sector already is taking significant steps to protect the electric grid  and to work closely with the government to prevent, detect, and respond to cyber threats.

The Executive Order represents another step toward improving government-industry coordination, but it does not preclude the need for congressional action to address statutory changes that will improve information sharing and access to classified information that the private sector needs to serve as the first line of defense in the protection of its critical infrastructure.  EEI and its members look forward to continuing to work with the Administration and Congress to address this national security priority.

Read the Executive Order, "Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity," here.