Feds Offer Grant to Protect Critical OT

Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 05:04 PM gHale

An award of up to $25 million is available for the research and development of technologies that can protect the country’s energy infrastructure against cyber threats, federal officials said.

The funding opportunity announcement (FOA) comes from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DoE) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability’s Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems (CEDS) program.

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The program is seeking applications for researching, developing and demonstrating novel approaches to improving cyber resilient energy delivery systems.

Specifically, the offer is for projects focusing on designing a cyber-resilient architecture for the electric and oil and natural gas (ONG) subsectors, security for the ONG environment, secure communications, secure cloud-based technologies in operational technology (OT) networks, and enhancing security in the energy sector, according to the FOA.

Applicants must not only conduct research and develop the products, but also demonstrate them in an actual facility.

Proposals, which need to be submitted by June 18, must also include a strategy for transitioning from existing systems either by commercializing the new solution or by making it open source.

“Energy cybersecurity is a national priority that demands the next wave of advanced technologies to create more secure and resilient systems needed for America’s future prosperity, vitality, and energy independence,” said Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. 

The objective is to enhance the reliability and resilience of the nation’s energy infrastructure through innovative RD&D cybersecurity solutions. The energy infrastructure includes electricity generation, transmission and distribution as well as the production, refining, storage and distribution of oil and gas.

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