Cybersecurity in a Distributed Energy Future: Addressing the Challenges and Protecting the Grid from a Cyberattack

Posted by Reports on Jan 17, 2018 4:20:00 PM

Publish Date: January 17, 2018

The paper identifies key challenges, best practices, and strategies for consideration by state and federal policymakers and regulators, as well as utilities and technology providers, to keep the evolving energy system safe from cyberattack.

Intended to inform decision makers about ways to make a power grid (characterized by widespread introduction of advanced and intelligent energy technologies) secure against cyberattack, the paper highlights: cybersecurity threats; eight cybersecurity best practices; policy and regulatory frameworks; seven specific protective measures and protocols for grid operators; and six overall recommendations.

Included is a review of current regulations, standards, and guidelines, including the North American Electric Reliability Corp.’s (NERC’s) Critical Infrastructure Protection; the U.S. Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity; the Electric Power Research Institute’s (EPRI) National Electric Sector Cybersecurity Organization Resource; and the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB), among other national and international organizations.

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Topics: 21st Century Electricity System