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Global Challenges of Implementing Cybersecurity Standards

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This article was originally published in the July 2020 issue of Public Utilities Fortnightly (www.fortnightly.com). Written by NARUC’s Regina Lavette Davis, it features the USAID and NARUC publication “The Utility Regulator’s Role in Promoting Cybersecurity: Resilience, Risk Assessment, and Standards,” and includes key insights from two of the three authors – Stefano Bracco (Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators) and Frances Cleveland (Xanthus Consulting International). Throughout the article, they describe current challenges across the cyber landscape and discuss the importance of being able to consider and adapt standards to national contexts.

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Matt Chester on Nov 23, 2020

Great read-- thanks for sharing, Marisa! If there's one thing I've learned about this space it's about how fast moving it is-- cybersecurity professionals need to do their best to stay two steps ahead of bad actors who may actually already be three steps further along. With that in mind, what are some of the actions that NARUC takes to try to stay agile and forward looking when it could be so easy to get slowed down by the natural hurdles of coordinating across a vast industry with so many unique actors? 

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Marisa Lewis on Nov 30, 2020

Hi Matt, great question! In terms of staying agile and forward looking, NARUC actively promotes the exchange of practical experience between energy regulators in Europe & Eurasia and the U.S. through the USAID Europe and Eurasia Cybersecurity Initiative. In doing so, we support regulators in enhancing their ability to move from response/recoery to preparedness, which is one way to mitigate the challenges of increasingly sophisticated malign actors.

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Thank Marisa for the Post!

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