"The twelve projects will enhance the reliability and resilience of the nation’s energy critical infrastructure through innovative, scalable, and cost-effective research, development and demonstration of cybersecurity solutions. These technologies are expected to have broad applicability to the U.S. energy delivery sector by meeting the needs of the energy sector in a cost-effective manner with a clear path for acceptance by asset owners and operators and through commercialization by solution providers."Each project falls under one of five key focus areas:
- Enhancing the security of renewable energy resources integrated into the power grid.
- Reducing the exposures of energy delivery systems to targeted attacks.
- Improving detection capabilities across the energy sector's supply chain.
- Proposing innovative solutions to help strengthen the power grid's security.
"Intel will develop a security architecture solution to securely connect energy infrastructure devices to the cloud to allow the devices to interact with each other. Intel will demonstrate that the cyber-attack surface of energy delivery control systems can be continuously and autonomously reduced in a way that does not impede normal critical energy delivery functions."News of this program is no doubt in part motivated by the December 2015 malware attack against the Ukrainian power grid. By getting ahead of the ball and investing in solutions now, the DOE hopes to avoid similar attacks in the United States. What do you think about these initiatives? Is the DOE focusing on everything that it should be? Is anything missing? Let us know in the comments!