Section 2(e): Assessment of Electricity Disruption Incident Response Capabilities


DHS also worked closely with the Department of Energy to conduct an assessment of the potential scope and duration of a prolonged power outage associated with a significant cyber incident, as well as an evaluation of the readiness and gaps in the United States’ ability to manage and mitigate consequence s of a cyber incident against the electric subsector. This assessment concluded that the U.S. is, in general, well prepared to manage most electricity disruptions, though there are particular areas where catastrophic considerations and emerging threats reveal capability gaps against cyberattacks.

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