The electric power industry supports passage of cybersecurity legislation, but we're not waiting for congressional action to enhance our cyber defenses. Instead, electric utilities proactively are forging ahead with a series of initiatives focused on cyber threat preparation, prevention, response, and recovery in our operations.
Besides the partnerships we've created with federal agencies, we're also collaborating with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, and federal intelligence and law enforcement agencies to strengthen our cybersecurity capabilities.
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For us, providing a reliable electricity supply is more than a slogan—it's a mandate. And as threats to the grid grow and become more sophisticated, the electric power industry remains committed to continuing to strengthen its defenses against cyber attacks. Therefore, Edison Electric Institute and its member companies look forward to continuing to work with the Administration and Congress to address this national security priority.
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Tom Kuhn is the President of the Edison Electric Institute, the association of investor-owned electric companies whose members generate and distribute approximately three-quarters of the Nation's electricity. Prior to joining the Institute in 1985, Mr. Kuhn was president of the American Nuclear Energy Council. From 1972 to 1975, he headed the energy section of the investment banking firm, Alex Brown and Sons. Prior to that, from 1970 to 1972, Mr. Kuhn was White House Liaison Officer to the Secretary of the Navy.