APPA's Cyber Resiliency and Security Program

Cyber and physical threats pose an ever-increasing threat to our businesses and communities. Public power utilities are in a unique position to lead to the transition to an increasingly resilient grid thanks to the talent and dedication in our community. APPA is committed to helping its members in this critical process, and has entered into a 3-year cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy, giving APPA access to up to $7.5 million to help create stronger, more secure systems. 

To accomplish this, we have divided our program plan into four key task areas:

  1. Efforts to advance cyber resiliency and security assessments
  2. Conduct, evaluate, and use the results of on-site vulnerability assessments
  3. Research, evaluate, deploy, and integrate both commercial and pre-commercial security technologies
  4. Research, evaluate, and implement information sharing mechanisms

More information about this program can be found in our Fact Sheet, complete Project Management Plan, or its accompanying Executive Summary


Review the elements of a holistic cyber defense plan in our infographic. 

Join the member working group of cybersecurity subject matter experts to advise APPA on upcoming projects.

Cyber Security Essentials: A Public Power Primer provides an overview of cybersecurity issues affecting public power utilities, case studies, and recommendations to protect your utility from cyber attacks. Order now on the Product Store.

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Introduction to Utility Cybersecurity Challenges

Cyber Insurance Primer

Developing a Cybersecurity Plan

The Role of Join Action Agencies in Addressing Cybersecurity

Improving Cybersecurity Posture: Public Power Case Studies

Cyber Risk Preparedness Assessment

Utilizing Dashboards for Information Sharing & Cybersecurity Legislation

Physical Security

Review a utility’s layered approach to physical security of the grid in our infographic.

Physical Security Essentials: A Public Power Primer describes best practices to mitigate physical security risks and provides guidance on conducting security assessments and gap analyses and implementing physical security measures. Order now on the Product Store.

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Additional Resources

Issue Briefs
APPA ensures that the lines of communication are open between public power utilities and the federal government so that we can collectively prepare and respond to cyber attacks. Read more in our June 2017 Issue Brief.

APPA supports enhanced dialogue between the industry and federal government on physical security threats and potential remediation, but does not support federal mandates in this area. Read more in our June 2017 Issue Brief.

The Cybersecurity Act of 2015 sets up policies and procedures for sharing cybersecurity threat information between the federal government and utilities. Read more about the provisions of the act.

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