New NERC chief security officer named

Princeton, NJ, Aug. 25, 2008 — The North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) announced that Michael J. Assante has been named its new chief security officer. The move comes as part of the organization’s plans to improve its response to cyber security and critical infrastructure protection concerns for the bulk power system in North America.

In this newly created position, Assante will formally establish critical infrastructure protection as one of NERC’s program functions, alongside its existing standards development, compliance and enforcement, and reliability assessment programs. Assante will also serve as the single point of contact for the industry, NERC’s Electric Sector Steering Group, and government stakeholders seeking to communicate with NERC on cyber and infrastructure security matters. Assante will officially begin at NERC on September 2.

Assante comes to NERC from the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Labs (INL) as a widely recognized expert and visionary in the fields of security and infrastructure protection. Assante also presently serves as a sitting member of the Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency of the United States. Prior to assuming his strategic leadership position at INL, Mr. Assante was a vice president and chief security officer at American Electric Power.

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