Hoeven and Rosen Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Combat Threats of Cyber Attacks on Electric Grid

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today joined Senator Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) in reintroducing bipartisan legislation to create a voluntary program at the Department of Energy (DOE) to test the cybersecurity of products and technologies connected to the electric grid. The Cyber Sense Act also directs the DOE to provide technical assistance to manufacturers and electric utilities to address cybersecurity risks, and would establish a process for reporting vulnerabilities of products intended for use in the bulk-power system. 

“By utilizing technology to identify and minimize cybersecurity risks, we’re protecting our nation’s critical infrastructure that powers our homes and our economy,” said Hoeven. “Events of the past year have revealed increasing vulnerabilities within our energy infrastructure, and our bipartisan legislation supports efforts to secure our nation’s electric grid.” 

This legislation is also cosponsored by Senators James Risch (R-Idaho), Angus King (I-Maine) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.).