- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The board that regulates New Jersey’s utilities has adopted a set of policies to protect against cyberattacks.

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities on Friday adopted a set of requirements that will apply to the state’s regulated electric, natural gas, water and wastewater utilities.

The utilities will be required to develop programs and procedures to identify and mitigate risks, report cyber incidents and suspicious activity, create incident response and recovery plans and provide training programs.

“As cyberattacks against utility systems nationwide continue to increase in number and sophistication, addressing cybersecurity is a top priority to enhancing the security and reliability of utility service in New Jersey and across the nation,” BPU President Richard Mroz said in a statement.

The utility board will continue to work with the private sector and with state and federal authorities including the Department of Homeland Security to assess the cyberthreat environment.

An Associated Press investigation last year revealed that about a dozen times in the last decade, foreign hackers have gained enough remote access to control operations networks that run the U.S. electric grid.

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