India Releases Cybersecurity Guidelines for Power Sector

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The Indian Government’s Power Ministry and the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) recently released cybersecurity guidelines to enhance the power sector’s cybersecurity readiness. It is the first time that cybersecurity guidelines are created for the sector.

CEA, under the “Central Electricity Authority (Technical Standards for Connectivity to the Grid) (Amendment) Regulations, 2019”, framed the guidelines. Moreover, all power sector utilities must comply with the new regulations.

The guideline lays out a cyber assurance frame. It also strengthens the regulatory framework and implements various mechanisms for security threat early warning, vulnerability management, and response to security threats. Additionally, it helps secure remote operations and services.

Relevant entities, system integrators, equipment manufacturers, suppliers and vendors, and providers are expected to follow the new cybersecurity guidelines. IT hardware and software OEMs must also comply.

OpenGov Asia reported that the scheme’s implementation would be based on an action plan created for each Indian state. Funds are also available for the identified projects under India’s Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) and approved ongoing projects under the development program (PMDP) for the union territories in Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh until March 2023.

These guidelines aim to enhance the overall efficiency and financial sustainability of the country’s distribution

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