Secretary Steven Chu announced the investment of more than $30 million for ten projects that will address cybersecurity issues facing the nation’s electric grid.

DOEWASHINGTON, D.C. – Speaking at the inaugural GridWise Global Forum, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the investment of more than $30 million for ten projects that will address cybersecurity issues facing the nation’s electric grid. Together, these projects represent a significant investment in addressing cybersecurity issues in the nation’s electric infrastructure. The announcement supports the Administration’s goal of building a 21st Century clean energy economy supported by a secure, reliable, electricity system delivering power to American homes and businesses.

“These awards help us make a significant leap forward to strengthen the security and reliability of the nation’s electric grid, in a climate of increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks,” said Secretary Chu. “The development of technologies that can provide defense-in-depth cybersecurity solutions, and increased insight from private-public collaborations, will allow us to better protect the nation’s energy delivery systems that keep our lights on and the power flowing.”

The selections address cyber security concerns from two approaches: 1) research and development on innovative cybersecurity solutions and 2) the establishment of the National Electric Sector Cybersecurity Organization.

Innovative Cybersecurity Solutions – $20 million
As the energy infrastructure becomes more advanced, it must meet and address cybersecurity challenges along the way. These eight projects will research, develop, and commercialize a comprehensive range of cybersecurity solutions to strengthen the U.S. energy infrastructure against cyber intrusion and assist owners and operators in complying with cybersecurity regulations. Together, these projects will bring cyber security and privacy protection into the utilities, out to the substations, and to homes.

National Electric Sector Cybersecurity Organization – $10 million
The National Electric Sector Cybersecurity Organization (NESCO) will be a broad-based, public-private partnership that will work to improve electric sector computer and network cybersecurity, including those used in the smart grid. Working with the DOE and other federal agencies, it will bring together domestic and international experts, software developers and users to focus research efforts; to assess and test the security of new cyber technologies, architectures, and applications; and analyze, monitor, and disseminate infrastructure weaknesses and threats.

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Source: U.S. Department of Energy
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