As a move to prevent and eliminate cyber threats to the energy sector, the U.S. House of Representatives has recently passed the Energy Cybersecurity University Leadership Act, designed to fund research on cybersecurity and energy infrastructure. It is said that with the bill, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers studying the connection between critical energy infrastructure and cybersecurity will be eligible to receive grants and funding.
As The Record by Recorded Future reported:
In addition to grants, the legislation seeks to bolster the nation’s energy sector cybersecurity workforce through scholarships, fellowships, and research and development at colleges and universities that receive Department of Energy funding.
Students would also have the opportunity to get research experience at the department’s national laboratories and utilities. The bill includes efforts to reach students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Minority Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities.
“To confront growing cyber threats and attacks against our country’s critical energy infrastructure, we must make real investments in a strong and diverse workforce ready to meet any challenge,” Ross said Monday on the House floor.