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Energetics Instrumental in Updating the Energy Sector Cybersecurity Roadmap 


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced the release of the updated Roadmap to Achieve Energy Delivery Systems Cybersecurity, developed by the Energy Sector Control Systems Working Group (ESCSWG) with the help of Energetics Incorporated. Both the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and the White House have publicly recognized the roadmap for its role in bringing government and the private sector together to ensure resilient energy delivery systems.

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said the “insight from public-private collaborations will allow us to better protect the nation’s energy delivery systems to keep our lights on and the power flowing. The 2011 roadmap takes the necessary steps to strengthen the security and reliability of our country’s electric grid, in a climate of increasingly sophisticated cyber incidents.”

Energetics assisted the ESCSWG throughout the entire roadmapping process, including the planning, organizing, facilitating, and documenting of three roadmapping workshops with more than 100 participants from a broad cross-section of energy delivery system stakeholders. Input from the workshops was synthesized and presented to the ESCSWG to aide in updating and editing the roadmap.

Energetics also collected more than 125 comments from 29 organizations, presented the comments to the ESCSWG, and facilitated discussions on addressing the comments in the roadmap. After incorporating the ESCSWG’s decisions into the roadmap, Energetics helped to coordinate approval from the Electricity Sub-Sector Coordinating Council, the Oil and Natural Gas Sector Coordinating Council, and the Government Coordinating Council for Energy, which the ESCSWG supports.

The updated roadmap builds on the 2006 Roadmap to Secure Control Systems in the Energy Sector and provides energy asset owners, operators, and solution providers with a common vision and strategy. The update includes a new strategy emphasizing a culture of security and reflects cybersecurity and technology advances, as well as changes in energy sector needs. The five strategies are: (1) build a culture of security, (2) assess and monitor risk, (3) develop and implement new protective measures to reduce risk, (4) manage incidents, and (5) sustain security improvements.

For more information about the Roadmap to Achieve Energy Delivery Systems Cybersecurity, contact Katie Jereza at or at (202) 406-4145. Visit our website to find out more about our roadmapping and facilitation services.