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DoE CESER Sets $15M Funding for six University Cyber Centers

By District Energy posted 04-02-2024 06:22




The Department of Energy’s (DoE) Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER) has announced $15 million in funding to establish six university-based electric power cybersecurity centers that will foster collaboration across the energy sector to address gaps in energy security research and provide cybersecurity education programs.

“This investment in university-based cybersecurity centers will enable us to simultaneously grow the U.S. cyber workforce and build the expertise we need to take on the evolving cyber threats to our nation’s energy systems,” said CESER Director Puesh Kumar. “The U.S. competitive advantage has always depended on cutting-edge research and a high-skilled workforce. Through these projects, we are advancing our economic and national security.”

Using the new funding, the University of Connecticut will develop tools to isolate and mitigate the effects of cyberattacks on distributed energy resources to quickly restore devices to operational states.

The Iowa State University will focus on improving the security and resilience of the distribution grid that includes distributed energy resources and microgrids, including real-time cyber situational awareness for distribution management systems.

The Texas Tech University will develop a single framework that addresses the various stages of cyber physical attacks such as attack detection, prevention, impact analysis, and recovery plans.

The Illinois Institute of Technology will address cybersecurity issues in distributed energy resources and microgrids and understand how system operators can contribute to efficient cyberattack detection and response.

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