Electric Power Research Institute’s cybersecurity collaborative has been selected to assess and develop technologies, best practices, metrics and standards to protect the U.S. electric sector against cyber attacks.

EPRIPALO ALTO — The Electric Power Research Institute said that the U.S. Department of Energy has selected its cybersecurity collaborative to assess and develop technologies, best practices, metrics and standards to protect the U.S. electric sector against cyber attacks.

The DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and the collaborative will negotiate a funding level for the public-private research initiative.

The EPRI-led collaborative comprises national research and commercial research laboratories, universities and subject mater experts in key areas of cybersecurity.

The participants bring diverse experience in technology, business, standards and policy. It was among 10 cybersecurity initiatives representing an investment of more than $30 million that was announced in Washington, D.C. by U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

Among the collaboratives’ tasks are: assessing requirements and results developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, North American Electric Reliability Corp., and other organizations; reviewing power system and cybersecurity standards in meeting power system security requirements; and, testing grid security technologies protocols using laboratories and pilot projects.

“It is essential that we protect the power system from cyber attacks,” said Arshad Mansoor, EPRI’s vice president of Power Delivery and Utilization. “The goal is to create a system that enhances the national grid, and especially to buttress its security and integrity.”

The selection of the EPRI collaborative is part of a long-term program that will ultimately lead to the creation of a National Electric Sector Cyber Organization (NESCO).

This federal government-electric sector partnership will analyze the cybersecurity status of the nation’s transmission and distribution systems as smart grid technologies are incorporated to enable a low-carbon future.

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Source: Penn Energy
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