Energy Sector Security Consortium, Inc. has been selected by the Department of Energy to lead the formation of the National Electric Sector Cybersecurity Organization (NESCO). EnergySec will receive a $5.8 million financial assistance award to create and operate this new organization. The grant is part of a three-year cost-sharing initiative intended to fund the creation of the NESCO and will contribute to making “a significant leap forward to strengthen the security and reliability of the nation’s electric grid,” U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu said.
“This award is the culmination of many years of hard work by our volunteer membership,” said Seth Bromberger, EnergySec Director, “and is a validation of the need for trusted relationships in the electric sector. We look forward to working with the Department of Energy, industry, academia, and utilities to make the public-private partnership a reality for our sector.”
EnergySec has established a formal sponsorship program for third parties interested in partnering in this important information-sharing mission. Details are available on the EnergySec website at http://www.energysec.org/sponsor