Maine’s independent senator is touting legislation designed to protect the energy grid from cyberattacks that is slated to be included in the 2020 defense authorization bill.

Sen. Angus King introduced the bipartisan proposal with Republican Sen. Jim Risch of Idaho. The senators said their proposal would develop new defenses for the American energy grid by partnering with private industry and the National Laboratories system.

The 2020 National Defense Authorization Act would enshrine the proposal into law, King said. He said protecting the energy grid in this way is “commonsense, bipartisan, and vital to national security.”

The proposal is intended to take away vulnerabilities in the energy grid that hackers could exploit.


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