Source: The Hill | Joe Uchill | August 17, 2016

The Department of Energy is awaiting congressional approval to fund $34 million in cybersecurity grants to 12 projects as part of its Cybersecurity of Energy Delivery Systems (CEDS) program.

“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,” wrote the DOE in a fact sheet accompanying the announcement of projects it intends on funding.

The 12 projects fit into five different initiatives, including detecting adversaries, integrating alternative energy sources into the national grid, reducing the opportunities for attacks, shoring up supply chains and a fifth catch-all category.

The DOE’s chosen projects include two going to academic institutions: an automated attack surface reducing system from Iowa State and an threat detection system from Texas A&M. ABB Inc. and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories were the only groups to be nominated for more than one project. Each had two.

On the DOE website, the agency explains the need for the program. “Energy delivery systems are the backbone of the energy sector — a network of processes that produce, transfer, and distribute energy and the interconnected electronic and communication devices that monitor and control those processes,” it says.