APPA issues statement on blackout anniversary

In the wake of the 2003 Northeast blackout and as not-for-profit electric utilities that are owned and operated by the communities they serve, members of the American Public Power Association (APPA) remain steadfast in their commitment to protecting their critical infrastructure from cyber and physical attack.

Unlike other industry sectors, the electric utility industry must comply with an extensive list of mandatory reliability standards, including cybersecurity standards. The electric and nuclear industries are the only critical infrastructures that have such mandatory standards in place. As an industry, we continue to coordinate closely at high levels both amongst members of our industry and with the federal government on cyber and physical security to ensure reliable, safe, and secure electric service at the lowest cost possible to our customers.

We will continue to utilize and strengthen those relationships as we respond to evolving threats.

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