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Utilities

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if his Department will take steps to require energy utility companies to put in place resilience measures sufficient to prevent cyber-attacks rendering their services temporarily ineffective. (303798)

The Department of Energy and Climate Change works closely with the Home Office and the Centre for Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI), incorporating input from the UK Office of Cyber Security, to identify proportionate security measures to mitigate cyber and other threats, and to maximise the resilience of the Energy sector.

The Department has strong relationships with the energy sector. It has not been necessary for the Government to take steps to require such mitigations to be put in place. Rather we have adopted a partnership approach to enhance security and resilience which recognises that it is in all of our interests, both from a national security perspective and from a commercial perspective, to work together to continually improve the resilience of the UK's energy sector.