Cyber Security for Grid Connected Power Systems

Securing the nation's critical infrastructure

The protection and control systems responsible for safe and reliable operation of the nation’s critical power infrastructure are increasingly more digital and network connected. It has become more challenging and increasingly important to protect those assets from cyber attackers to prevent widespread power outages.

The Challenge

Protect the smart grid from cyber attacks

The increasing complexity and expansion of grid connected systems demands more real time communications and control. With each new system added, the cyber attack surface grows. Additionally, the size of individual resources, heterogeneous nature of equipment and technologies, increasing number of stakeholders, and many other factors make traditional Operation Technology (OT) cyber security approaches less effective. There is also an industry need for unified and comprehensive Distributed Energy Resource (DER) specific cyber security best practices.

The Solution

Deliver cybersecurity best practices

MPR has supported its clients through technical oversight and consulting on a number of key cyber security activities from cyber security procedures for procurement of digital control systems to incident response planning and strategies. MPR is an active contributor to the industries R&D efforts and leads the development of technical guidance within IEEE 1547.3 “Guide for Cybersecurity of Distributed Energy Resources Interconnected with Electric Power Systems” to shape and advise the cyber security best practices for DER, helping to bridge the gap until an enforceable and homogenous cyber security approach is developed and adopted.

The Results

Risk reduction and stronger security

MPR’s clients and the industry benefit from a stronger security posture and overall reduction of risk that balances the need for cyber secure protection and control systems with the safe and reliable operation of critical power infrastructure.

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