ALEXANDRIA, VA (August 27, 2021) – Two non-profit organizations, Energy Sector Security Consortium (EnergySec) and the Mission Critical Global Alliance (MCGA) have created a partnership to combat the growing threats of cyber related incidents against our nation’s energy infrastructure.
The U.S. Department of Energy and the Department of Homeland Security agree that protecting the energy sector’s critical infrastructure is one of the nation’s most important security challenges.
EnergySec‘s mission is to strengthen the cybersecurity posture of critical energy infrastructures. EnergySec’s work focuses on five primary areas: Community, Workforce Development, Professional Education, Information Sharing and Analysis, and Services.
The mission of MCGA is to be a trusted resource for business, government, and industry to enhance the resilience of Mission Critical infrastructure.
This continuing partnership will work to enhance the knowledge, skills and abilities of the current and future workforce within the energy sector to address the need for security and resilience in this critical industry.
MCGA and EnergySec are developing a comprehensive education plan to raise the bar for those tasked with protecting the energy sector’s critical infrastructure.
“Discussion of cybersecurity often focuses on technology, but we cannot forget the PEOPLE side of the equation. A skilled workforce of cybersecurity professionals is vital to successfully defend our critical infrastructure”, said Steven Parker, President of EnergySec. “We must strongly invest in workforce development programs, including apprenticeships, continuing education, and credentialing.”
"Securing our nation's energy infrastructure requires a commitment from the government to support efforts that aid in mitigating threats to critical infrastructure" said Bryan Kainrath, President of MCGA. " The EnergySec/MCGA partnership is a vital resource that the energy sector and government can utilize to protect energy infrastructure assets."
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Steven Parker, President
Bryan Kainrath, President