Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) will join two other U.S. companies as part of a federally funded research team working to reduce the cyberattack exposure of power utilities and industrial firms, it was announced Monday.
The U.S. Department of Energy will fund a team that includes representatives from SEL, Veracity and Sempra Renewables. The group will focus on developing tools to reduce the vulnerable cyber surfaces of energy delivery systems.
“The project includes automating the identification of unwanted behavior, the containment of affected network areas and the rerouting of critical information. The ultimate goal is for critical energy delivery and control systems to remain safe and operational, even in the event of a cyberattack,” reads the release from Pullman, Washington-based SEL.
The project team also will work on helping define security state policies and automated systems to manage security-level transitions. Those tools will enable faster response to unauthorized cyber traffic, streamline identification, contain affected networks and reroute critical information and control flows.
This project builds on the completion of the DOE’s Watchdog and SDN projects, which were sponsored by the DOE’s Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems program. These projects previously introduced an SDN flow controller (SEL-5056) and a substation-hardened SDN switch (SEL-2740S) to market.
SEL designs, manufactures, supplies and supports products for power system protection, monitoring, control, automation, communications and metering. The company will be an exhibitor at the upcoming DistribuTECH 2017 Conference & Exhibition in San Diego at Booth 1813.
California-based Veracity provides security solutions for industrial control systems. Sempra Renewables is a developer of renewable energy solutions in markets throughout the U.S.
DistribuTECH, which is owned by POWERGRID International parent Pennwell Corp., will be January 31-February 2 at the San Diego Convention Center.