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Inventor of patent 11,374,961: METHODS FOR VERIFICATION OF SOFTWARE OBJECT AUTHENTICITY AND INTEGRITY and the Software Assurance Guardian™ (SAG ™) Point Man™ (SAG-PM™) software and SAGScore™...

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The goal of the 5/1 Executive Order seems clear enough, " the unrestricted foreign supply of bulk-power system electric equipment constitutes an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States, which has its source in whole or in substantial part outside the United States [...] To address this threat, additional steps are required to protect the security, integrity, and reliability of bulk-power system electric equipment used in the United States."

Who in the USA could possibly object to protecting the power grid from harm/disruption so that vital, and life saving, electricity continues to energize American lives, support our healthcare and economic well-being? Achieving this goal is no small matter and will require industry wide collaboration, under the direction and leadership of the US DOE.  DOE has a tall task ahead to achieve the goal set out in the EO and provided the following statement : "The Department recognizes complexity of the bulk-power system and the accompanying supply chain risk management, and we intend to take a phased, thoughtful approach, working closely with industry, to avoid any unintended consequences," as indicated in the referenced Utility Dive article.

I stand ready to help DOE and the entire industry address these cybersecurity concerns to "protect the security, integrity, and reliability of bulk-power system electric equipment used in the United States."

I hope you will join me in this quest. We all depend on a reliable electric system; it's up to us to protect it.

Never trust software, always verify and report!

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Matt Chester on Jun 10, 2020

Who in the USA could possibly object to protecting the power grid from harm/disruption so that vital, and life saving, electricity continues to energize American lives, support our healthcare and economic well-being? 

This could easily be said about pretty much all the overarching goals in the energy industry today. Everyone wants energy that remains reliable, that's affordable for customers, that doesn't damage the environment or public health, etc. But the issues come when different people define success towards those goals in different ways (is natural gas 'clean' enough for environmental goals? Who's to say what's affordable for customers? etc.), as well as obviously disputes about the best strategy to achieve those goals. 

I just worry this Executive Order doesn't implement solutions that are simply taking a figurative hammer to the whole system when certain aspects might require nuanced and informed tools specific to the situation

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Richard Brooks on Jun 10, 2020

Matt, this looks like a good opportunity to get engaged in the solution design in order to influence a successful and practical outcome.

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