H.R. 302, the Energy Cybersecurity University Leadership Act of 2023, as amended, directs the Secretary of Energy to provide financial assistance to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers pursuing certain courses of study relating to cybersecurity and energy infrastructure.
Cyberattacks on the U.S. power grid present a major and constantly evolving threat to U.S. national security, energy independence, and global competitiveness. Current methodology for securing our power grid from cyberattacks focuses primarily on retroactively mitigating vulnerabilities in energy-related critical infrastructure after an intrusion occurs. This practice is inefficient, ineffective, and costly. There is a need to comprehensively integrate cybersecurity considerations into the research and development of energy infrastructure to enhance and maintain its security, resilience, and reliability.