Innovative technologies to help protect nation’s infrastructure from cyber-attack

November 2013, Vol. 68 No. 11

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has announced awards totaling approximately $30 million for the development of new tools and technologies to strengthen protection of the nation’s electric grid and oil and gas infrastructure from cyber-attack.

With support from the Energy Department, energy sector organizations in California, Georgia, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington State will develop new systems, frameworks and services that advance the Department’s vision of more resilient energy delivery control systems.

As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to protecting America’s critical infrastructure; these award selections are the most recent example of the Department’s commitment to protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure from cyber security threats. Since 2010, the Department has invested more than $100 million in cyber security research and development through awards and funding provided to industry, universities and national laboratories.

The 11 projects, which will combine advanced expertise in power system engineering and cyber security, will include testing of the new products to demonstrate their effectiveness and interoperability. Energy delivery control systems are designed and operated specifically to control the physical processes that result in the delivery of continuous and reliable power. For a list of projects, visit