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June 7, 2016
As the electric grid becomes smarter, it also becomes more vulnerable to hackers. | Creative Commons.
To Protect the Grid from Hackers, You Need to Break It

With a growing risk of cyber attacks from hackers, researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory built a test bed to experiment with cybersecurity tools for the nation’s electric grid.

November 3, 2015
Power lines like these make up our nation's power grid -- a critical component of our national critical infrastructure.
National Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month: Improving the Security and Resilience of the Nation’s Grid

November is National Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month, and our Office of Electricity (OE) is hard at work safeguarding the power grid.

March 31, 2015
Encouraging Innovation for New Cybersecurity Technologies and Techniques

Protecting the nation’s energy infrastructure from all hazards, including the cyber threat, is fundamental to the mission of the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability. Every day, we work closely with industry, our national laboratories, academia, and federal and state partners to reduce the risk of energy disruptions due to a cyber incident and, if one does occur, mitigate its effects without loss of critical functions.

March 9, 2015
OE Announces New Funding to Improve the Cybersecurity of the Nation’s Electric Grid

The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability announced up to $27 million in funding for academic collaborations that will develop and transition advanced cybersecurity technologies to the energy sector. With cybersecurity for the energy sector emerging as one of the most serious challenges associated with grid modernization and infrastructure protection, maintaining a robust pipeline of cutting-edge technologies is essential to helping the energy sector continue adapting to the changing cyber landscape.

The Academic Collaboration for Cybersecurity of Energy Delivery Systems (CEDS) Research and Development for the Energy Sector Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will bring together academic institutions with the expertise and vision needed to develop and transition innovative technologies that will help utilities further reduce the risk of a power disruption resulting from a cyber incident.

January 16, 2015
Moving Forward in Protecting the Nation’s Electric Grid

Over the past week, the Energy Department has unveiled several new measures, including funding, newly-commercialized technology, and practical guidance, that will further strengthen the cybersecurity of the nation’s energy infrastructure. Vice President Biden announced yesterday that the Energy Department will provide a $25 million grant over the next five years to bring together 13 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), two national labs, and the Charleston County School District in South Carolina to create a sustainable pipeline of students focused on cybersecurity. Today, our national laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee announced licensing of its Hyperion software, which helps detect software that has been maliciously altered, to a company that plans to make it available to the energy sector later this month. Meanwhile, late last week, the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) released guidance to help the energy sector meet the objectives of the cybersecurity framework released last year by the National Institutes of Standards and Technology in response to Executive Order 13636 “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.”

These important steps are the latest signs of progress being made in protecting the nation’s power grid from cyber threats.

January 8, 2015
Energy Department Releases Guidance for Implementation of Cybersecurity Framework

The Energy Department today released guidance to help the energy sector establish or align existing cybersecurity risk management programs to meet the objectives of the Cybersecurity Framework released by the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) in February 2014. The voluntary Cybersecurity Framework consists of standards, guidelines, and practices to promote the protection of critical infrastructure and was developed in response to Executive Order 13636 “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity” through collaboration between industry and government.

October 31, 2014
Protecting the Grid from All Hazards

Read about what the Energy Department is doing to protect the security and reliability of the power grid from all hazards, including cybersecurity incidents.

February 13, 2014
Securing the Nation’s Grid

Our electric grid is undergoing a major transformation, with $4.5 billion in Recovery Act funds being used to help catalyze the adoption of smart technologies and systems designed to increase the electric grid’s flexibility, reliability, efficiency, affordability, and resiliency. Titilayo Ogunyale talked with Tim Conway, Technical Director at the SANS Institute, which provides information security training and security certification, about how organizations can address the challenges of strengthening their own cybersecurity workforces.

October 30, 2013
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Cybersecurity Is Every Citizen's Responsibility

The Energy Department plays a unique and critical role in promoting our nation’s cybersecurity. But all Internet users can help prevent cyber threats by practicing safe online behavior.

September 19, 2013
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Innovating to Meet the Evolving Cyber Challenge

Protecting the critical energy infrastructure that supports America's economy and security is vital -- and is a top Energy Department priority.

May 14, 2013
This Thursday: Google+ Hangout on Securing the Smart Grid

Have questions about how the Department is helping ensure the nation's electric grid stays safe and secure? Ask members of the smart grid cybersecurity workforce your questions this Thursday.

March 29, 2013
Keeping the Nation’s Energy Flowing

The Energy Department is committed to securing the nation's energy infrastructure.

January 11, 2012
A smarter, modernized, and more secure grid will be pivotal to the United States’ world leadership in a clean energy future. | Photo courtesy of National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Protecting the Nation's Electric Grid from Cyber Threats

The Electric Sector Cybersecurity Risk Maturity Model Pilot is a new White House initiative led by the Department of Energy to develop a model to help us identify how secure the electric grid is from cyber threats and to test that model with participating utilities.