DoE to Spend $20M in Cybersecurity

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 03:09 PM gHale


The United States Department of Energy(DoE) will invest over $20 million on projects focusing on cybersecurity.

That $20 million is part of $50 million allocated to research and development of tools and technologies that would make the country’s energy infrastructure more resilient and secure.

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The funding, awarded to various national laboratories, will be used to support early-stage research and development of next-generation tools and technologies that improve the resilience and security of critical energy infrastructure, including the power grid, and oil and natural gas infrastructure.

Nine national laboratories in California, Illinois, Idaho, Tennessee, Washington, Colorado and New Mexico have been selected for 20 projects focusing on protecting energy infrastructure from cyber threats and improving information sharing.

Specifically, the Energy Department is looking for tools and technologies that enhance cybersecurity, communication systems for resilient grid architectures, energy delivery systems that can adapt to survive a cyber incident and ones that are verifiably trustworthy, partnerships for reducing risks via vulnerability mitigation, and identifying energy delivery systems inadvertently accessible from the Internet.

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, said officials at the Energy Department.



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