With the transition to a smart grid comes new opportunities for hackers, but researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are working to stay at least one step ahead.

cybersecurity-ornl-smWith the transition to a smart grid comes new opportunities for hackers, but researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are working to stay at least one step ahead.

ORNL recently won DOE solicitations worth about $7 million over the next three years and will be developing systems to guard against power outages caused by man or nature. Involved in this effort are a number of technologies, including advanced radio frequency technology and cybersecurity vulnerability detection of smart grid components and systems.

“A stable electric grid is of huge importance now and will become even more important in the future as we move toward electrification of our transportation system,” said Tom King of ORNL’s Energy Efficiency and Electricity Technology program.

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Source: News Release | Oak Ridge National Laboratory
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