The recent leak of an internal memo to the former Chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which was widely reported by national news media, has created a national security setback for the United States. Many are concerned that the disclosure may provide terrorists and other bad actors a roadmap for causing a prolonged nationwide blackout. Perhaps more importantly, the leak undermines the relationship of trust between industry and government agencies that the parties have been working for years to establish; a relationship that is vital to developing a stronger security posture for the electrical grid and in other critical infrastructure sectors. In an article published in Intelligent Utility Update, Hunton & Williams partner Paul M. Tiao discusses the effects of the leak on national security and on the relationship between the energy industry and the government.

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