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$45m for cyber tools to protect the power grid

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By Nick Flaherty

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $45m to create, accelerate, and test technology that will protect the electricity grid from cyber-attacks.

The funding for 15 research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) projects is critical to developing software and systems that will protect the grid upgrades funded in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act.  

This will focus on developing new cybersecurity tools and technologies designed to reduce cyber risks for energy delivery infrastructure.

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The DOE’s Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER) will fund up to 15 research projects with energy utilities, vendors, universities, national laboratories, and service providers working together on resilient energy delivery systems.

The researchers will aim to develop tools and technologies that enable energy systems to autonomously recognize a cyberattack, attempt to prevent it, and automatically isolate and eradicate it with no disruption to energy delivery.

There are six proposed topic areas for the projects: 

  • Automated Cyberattack Prevention and Mitigation for tools and technologies that enable energy systems to autonomously recognize and prevent cyberattacks from disrupting energy.
  • Security and Resiliency by Design to build cybersecurity and resilience features into technologies through a cybersecurity-by-design approach.
  • Authentication Mechanisms for Energy Delivery Systems to strengthen energy sector authentication. 
  • Automated Methods to Discover and Mitigate Vulnerabilities in energy delivery control system applications.
  • Cybersecurity through Advanced Software Solutions will focus on developing software tools and technologies that can be tested in a holistic testing environment that includes a development feedback cycle.
  • Integration of New Concepts and Technologies with Existing Infrastructure to validate and demonstrate cutting-edge cybersecurity technology can be retrofitted into existing infrastructure.

“As DOE builds out America’s clean energy infrastructure, this funding will provide the tools for a strong, resilient, and secure electricity grid that can withstand modern cyberthreats and deliver energy to every pocket of America,” said Jennifer Granholm, US Secretary of Energy. “DOE will use this investment to continue delivering on the Biden Administration’s commitment to making energy cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable.”  

www.energy.gov/ceser

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