(WASHINGTON, DC) – Rick Perry discussed an upcoming announcement on Thursday that the Energy Department and an outside institution will be launching cyber war games focused on defending the grid and infrastructure from hackers.
The Cyber Defense Competition will work with national labs on setting up a red team versus blue team scenario where “one group will be attacking infrastructure and the other will be defending against it,” Perry said Thursday at a forum hosted by the Consumer Energy Alliance.
The red team/blue team competition “breeds excellence” at a time when real threats face the U.S. on the cybersecurity front.
He said he just got done shooting a video with the outside participants in the exercise, and that the competition will be announced soon.
Cyber defense is bipartisan: Perry said the issuing of defending infrastructure from attack extends across both aisles. “Efforts in this area is truly bipartisan,” he said. It is “tantamount to the future of this country” that all sides come together, he continued.
“These are changing time in a very challenging moment,” Perry said.