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DHS Request for Input on Executive Order 13800, Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks

Thursday, June 22, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Thomas Birdsong
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On behalf of the Department of Homeland Security:
As many of you have heard, on May 11, 2017 the President signed Executive Order 13800 on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure. One of the actions required by the executive order is an “Assessment of Electricity Disruption Incident Response Capabilities.”
DESCRIPTION:  The Secretary of Energy and the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Director of National Intelligence, with State, local, tribal, and territorial governments, and with others as appropriate, shall jointly assess:
       i.          the potential scope and duration of a prolonged power outage associated with a significant cyber incident, as defined in Presidential Policy Directive 41 of July 26, 2016 (United States Cyber Incident Coordination), against the United States electric subsector;
     ii.          the readiness of the United States to manage the consequences of such an incident; and
   iii.          any gaps or shortcomings in assets or capabilities required to mitigate the consequences of such an incident.
The assessment shall be provided to the President, through the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, within 90 days of the date of this order, and may be classified in full or in part, as appropriate.
In each of the three areas of assessment required for this deliverable, DHS would like to solicit input from partners across the National Infrastructure Protection Plan community—in particular infrastructure sector partners who support lifeline functions as described in the NIPP, and who rely on electric power to support their critical operations. The timeline for developing this assessment is rapid, and DHS is relying largely on existing studies and sources to support a final document that characterizes both the best available data and high priority conclusions that reflect needs and objectives across the infrastructure community.
DHS will be requesting your input in two phases:
1.           Initial data request (see below) to support DHS draft development efforts.
2.           Draft review and comment (currently scheduled for early July 2017)
To support this effort, DHS is requesting your input on each of the three areas of assessment. In particular, DHS is interested in soliciting the view of stakeholders on:
•               What existing conclusions and assumptions inform and govern the way the power outage risk and your reliance on electric power? (e.g. what scope and duration of impacts do you plan for?)
•               How would you characterize your readiness to manage power outage consequences (what capabilities, plans, and policies are in place/available)?
•               What high priority gaps in capabilities and assets have you identified, both within your organization and across the entire system?
Please complete the accompanying spreadsheet to the best of your ability, and return to Jack Anderson ( and/or Brian Scully ( by June 23, 2017.
Thank you all for your continued dedication to keeping our Nation safe.  Your feedback and our partnerships are critical to our success in Homeland Security.


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Sector Outreach and Programs Division
Office of Infrastructure Protection
National Protection and Programs Directorate
The Department of Homeland Security



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