Energy Dept. seeks $83M increase to harden grid against cyberattack
Enhancing cybersecurity of the United States’ electrical grid is the most pressing issue facing Department of Energy security, according to Energy Secretary and nuclear physicist Dr. Ernest Moniz, and its modernization therefore requires the largest increase in funding of the Department of Energy’s research and development initiatives.
“We need to do a much better job of integrating IT into the grid,” Moniz said at the DOE’s March 1 House budget hearing. “Among [R&D initiatives], our largest increase is for grid modernization, which we increased by $83 million” to $378 million.