FBI Los Angeles and Southern California Edison Describe Cybersecurity Partnership

FBI Los Angeles Assistant Director in Charge Kristi Johnson and Southern California Edison’s Brian Barrios discuss the importance of ongoing partnerships in protecting the energy sector.

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Hello, I’m Kristi Johnson, assistant director in charge of the FBI Los Angeles Field Office.

Barrios: And I’m Brian Barrios, vice president of Cybersecurity and IT Compliance at Southern California Edison. We’re here at one of our substations that serves power to thousands of our customers. 

Johnson: In recent years, the FBI has seen a wider-than-ever range of cyber actors threaten Americans’ safety, security, and confidence in our digitally connected world.

Barrios: That’s why the energy sector in the United States has developed a strong foundation of preparedness, resilience, and response. However, the capabilities of our cyber adversaries are evolving constantly and that’s why we cannot face these threats alone…  

Johnson: That’s right Brian – cyber security   is the ultimate team sport. Partnerships are critical to defeating attackers and to preventing lasting harm to businesses, consumers, and the community.

Barrios: We cannot overstress the importance of having an ongoing, productive partnership with the FBI while responding to all cyber threats. This partnership is critical to protecting the Grid.

Johnson: If you haven’t already, your next step should be to develop an incident response plan and to include the FBI in that plan.

Barrios: And finally, if you do experience a breach, always report the compromise early. Collaborating with the FBI is much more effective when we work together at the beginning of an incident. Remember, cyber threats can affect everyday life. And at SCE, the safety of our customers, our communities and our  employees is our top priority.

Johnson: Cyber risk is business risk, and cyber security is national security. Together, we can defend America against cyber threats.

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