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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released new guidance to help the nation's industry strengthen energy delivery system cybersecurity.

Developed through a public-private working group that included federal agencies and private industry leaders, the DOE's "Cybersecurity Procurement Language for Energy Delivery Systems" guidance provides strategies and suggested language to help the U.S. energy sector and technology suppliers build in cybersecurity protections during product design and manufacturing.

According to the DOE, the new guidance focuses on helping utilities and other energy sector organizations purchase technologies that include cybersecurity protections and features that will help improve the overall reliability and security of energy delivery systems and ensure that the testing, manufacturing, delivery and installation of new technologies emphasize cybersecurity requirements.

"This guidance will further the discussion of cybersecurity requirements between industry operators and suppliers during the procurement process to help build cybersecurity protections into the nation's evolving energy infrastructure," says Tom Kuhn, president of the Edison Electric Institute.

"As electric cooperatives embrace grid modernization, we appreciate the Department of Energy's efforts to reduce cybersecurity risks inherent in the procurement process," adds Craig Miller, chief scientist at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. "This timely project raises the bar and helps ensure that utilities - from the smallest to the largest - ask the right questions when purchasing the hardware and software that will help run our electric delivery systems."

Read the full "Cybersecurity Procurement Language for Energy Delivery Systems" guidance here.

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