Ditto Commends Public-Private Partnerships as National Cyber Month Begins
Washington—Oct. 1, 2018 – Utilities Technology Council President and CEO Joy Ditto issued the following statement in recognition of October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month:
“On behalf of the Utilities Technology Council, I wish to acknowledge our support for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Our nation’s electric, water, and gas utilities take the issue of cybersecurity extremely seriously. Indeed, the electric utility industry remains the only industry subject to mandatory cybersecurity standards enforced by the federal government.
“Nearly all electric, water, and natural gas utilities operate and maintain their own Information and Communications Technology (ICT) networks. These networks underpin the reliable operation of our nation’s electric, gas, and water infrastructure. As demonstrated by the several annual testing and scenario-training exercises, energy and water utilities are constantly working together to shore up and improve the security of their ICT networks from cyberattack. We also work closely with our federal partners—notably the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy—and our state regulators. A strong and sustainable public-private partnership is essential to combat the ever-evolving cyber threats facing our nation.
“We look forward to continuing our strong engagement with our government partners to protect the nation’s safety and wellbeing.”
The Utilities Technology Council (UTC) is a global trade association dedicated to serving critical infrastructure providers. Through advocacy, education and collaboration, UTC creates a favorable business, regulatory and technology environment for our members who own or operate Information and Communication Technology (ICT) systems in support of their core business. For more information: UTC.org