The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission – an independent agency within the Department of Energy – was established to regulate major aspects of the Nation’s wholesale electric, natural gas, hydroelectric, and oil pipeline industries.
FERC’s information technology infrastructure must be dependable and resilient to support its missions. To that end, officials noted that they received approximately US$2.5 million in fiscal year 2015 to secure FERC’s unclassified systems and information.
The Federal Information Security Modernisation Act of 2014 (FISMA) established requirements for Federal agencies to develop, implement, and manage agency-wide information security programmes, including management and oversight of information security risks to ensure that information technology resources are adequately protected.
In addition, Federal agencies must provide acceptable levels of security for the information and systems that support their operations and assets. Further, FISMA mandated that agency Offices of Inspector General conduct annual independent evaluations to determine whether agencies’ unclassified cybersecurity programmes adequately protected data and information systems.
This report presents the results of our evaluation for the FERC for fiscal year 2015.
View the results here.
Edited from source by Stephanie Roker
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