The Critical Electric Infrastructure Protection Act aims to shield the nation’s transmission infrastructure from cyber attacks. House Committee on Homeland Security chair Representative Bennie Thompson (D-MS), and Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT), chair of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs revealed April 30 that a bill covering cybersecurity is set to be heard in Energy and Homeland Security Committees. “The electric grid is highly dependent on computer-based control systems. These systems are increasingly connected to open networks such as the Internet, exposing them to cyber risks. Any failure of our electric grid, whether intentional or unintentional, would have a significant and potentially devastating impact on our nation,” stated Thompson. The bill is set to allow Federal Energy Regulatory Commission emergency authority. It also puts the Department of Homeland Security in the position to asses cybersecurity vulnerability and threat assessments.