UH Researcher Lends Expertise to Fight Against Cyber Attacks

Art Conklin testified before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission


Dr. Wm. Arthur Conklin
Dr. Wm. Arthur Conklin

As Texas considers whether - and how - to protect its electric grid from potential cyber threats, a University of Houston researcher said the state can be a national leader in a subject that is drawing increased attention.

Art Conklin, director of the Center for Information Security Research and Education at UH, testified before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in January and a state legislative committee earlier this month. A key finding in both hearings was the lack of clear accountability for dealing with cyberattacks.

"We need to figure out how we can assure people we have the right protections in place," he said. "There's no set of rules that says, do XYZ and we'll be safe."

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