Energy and Cybersecurity
International and domestic politics are increasingly affected by, and reliant upon, information technology. Energy company operations rely on network communications via the Internet, which makes the energy industry especially vulnerable to security breaches as well as intellectual property and data theft. Drawing on the strengths of Rice University’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology and the George R. Brown School of Engineering, the Baker Institute’s CES will establish an Energy Information Security Laboratory to assemble energy and information technology industry leaders, academics and government officials who will look beyond an individual company’s issues to see broader trends in the field that affect all partners. The laboratory, a component of the CES Cybersecurity Program physically located in Baker Hall, could have the ability to receive and respond to malicious codes that threaten energy firms.