Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’) recent report outlining the progress made in addressing the U.S President’s March 2019 order to mitigate the risk from natural and human-made EMP threats to critical infrastructures. Since the order was issued, the DHS has assembled internal continuity and operational response plans for all the critical infrastructures – but has fallen behind on developing a prioritized list of vulnerable components. The immensity and complexity of the task has delayed this deliverable.
Although the DHS has missed the June deadline to complete a prioritized list of critical components, they have begun work on the cross-sector plan to avoid further delays. Their findings may drive new NERC requirements for EMP operations and planning.