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U.S. DOE/OE National SCADA Test Bed Supports

To help advance the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National SCADA Test Bed’s (NSTB) efforts to enhance control system security in the energy sector, DOE’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) recently awarded a total of nearly $8 million to fund five industry-led projects:

  • Hallmark Project. (PDF 789 KB) Will commercialize the Secure SCADA Communications Protocol (SSCP), which marks SCADA messages with a unique identifier that must be authenticated before the function is carried out, ensuring message integrity. (Lead: Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories; Partners: Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, CenterPoint Energy)
  • Detection and Analysis of Threats to the Energy Sector (DATES) (PDF 831 KB). Will develop intrusion detection systems (network-, host-, and device-level), event correlation framework, and a sector-wide, distributed, privacy-preserving repository of security events. (Lead: SRI International; Partners: ArcSight, Sandia National Laboratories, ERCOT)
  • Cyber Audit and Attack Detection Toolkit (PDF 781 KB). Will extend the capability of existing vulnerability scanning tools to evaluate SCADA security configurations, and develop templates for a security event monitoring system. (Lead: Digital Bond; Partners: Tenable Network Security, OSIsoft, Constellation Energy, PacifiCorp, TVA)
  • Lemnos Interoperable Security Program (PDF 838 KB). Will conduct testing, validation, and outreach to increase the availability of cost-effective, interoperable security solutions for Internet Protocol (IP)-based communications. (Lead: EnerNex Corp.; Partners: Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, TVA, Sandia National Laboratories)
  • Protecting Intelligent Distributed Power Grids Against Cyber Attacks (PDF 1 MB). Will develop a risk-based critical asset identification system and optimize integrated and distributed security systems to establish the best topology for networking security components. (Lead: Siemens Corporate Research; Partners: Idaho National Laboratory, Rutgers Center for Advanced Energy Systems)

Each industry project team is collaborating with the NSTB Program to:

  • harmonize their control system security initiatives with Roadmap goals;
  • coordinate R&D with complementary NSTB efforts; and
  • leverage the subject-matter expertise, unique capabilities, and specialized NSTB facilities at Argonne, Idaho, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest and Sandia National Laboratories.

All projects are cost-shared with DOE, bringing total DOE and industry investment to $10.6 million. DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory will manage these projects – which are expected to be completed over the next two to three years – through the NSTB Program.