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NRECA Receives $4 Million for Cybersecurity Program

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association has been awarded $4 million for the Department of Energy to launch an initiative to advance cybersecurity for electric cooperatives.

New Cybersecurity Solution Being Adopted by Cooperatives

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Essence 3.0 cybersecurity solution has been deployed at nearly 55 electric cooperatives and helps with tracking and mitigating cybersecurity threats.

Electric Cooperatives and Broadband Assets at Risk of Cyberattacks

Director of threat intelligence for Lumen’s Black Lotus Labs, Mark Dehus, discusses ways electric cooperatives can be protected from system disruption or ransom by attackers.

Electric Cooperatives Receive $15 Million Award to Enhance Security Capabilities

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, which represents nearly 900 local electric cooperatives in the U.S., has been awarded $15 million by the U.S. Department of Energy in an effort to help expand cybersecurity capabilities.

NRECA to Receive $5 Million towards Cybersecurity

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded NRECA with a $5 million grant to continue developing and deploying sophisticated cybersecurity tools and tactics. The grant is a party of the administrations’ 100-day plan to secure the U.S. energy grid.

Cooperatives Adopt NRECA Cybersecurity Technology

Fifty-two additional electric cooperatives have committed to use the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Essence technology to share cybersecurity and threat data with government partners. The increase comes as the Biden administration’s 100-day electric sector cybersecurity initiative concludes.

Alabama Electric Cooperative Hit by Ransomware Attack

Wiregrass Electric Cooperative, which serves about 25,000 members in southeastern Alabama, announced that it was hit by a ransomware attack that temporarily prevented customers from accessing their account information. According to Wiregrass Electric Cooperative, no data was compromised in the attack, but member account information and payment systems were taken offline for maintenance...

Senators Introduce Bill to Protect Electric Grid

Senators Murkowski, Manchin, Risch, King and Rosen have introduced the Protecting Resources on the Electric Grid with Cybersecurity Technology (PROTECT) Act. The Act seeks to enhance electric grid security by incentivizing cybersecurity investment.

New Cyber Technology Provides Real-Time Defense

New technology developed to rapidly identify and defend against emerging cybersecurity threats is being demonstrated at a growing number of electric cooperatives nationwide. The technology is being developed by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and its partners BlackByte Cyber Security LLC and Referentia Systems Inc. through a cooperative agreement with the U.S....

NRECA Receives DOE Funding to Strengthen Cybersecurity

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) will use $6 million in Department of Energy (DOE) funding to develop and deliver its cybersecurity tool, Essence, to cooperatives nationwide. Essence continually monitors for cyber threats and enables the utility industry to share characteristics of an incident to help detect large, coordinated cyberattacks.

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