NIST is hoping to gain a better understanding of the cybersecurity risks and considerations that different devices introduce to the electric grid. This way they can enlist the help of the device providers in finding better ways to be proactive in detecting and mitigating potential interruptions and outages to the grid. NIST is asking for organizations to participate in collaborating on building a standard architecture that would improve the integrity of command and operational data and create new analytics to help owners and operators. The following article provides more details on the program and what they are looking for from participating organizations. 

The National Institute for Standards and Technology is looking to enter into cooperative research agreements for products and technical expertise that can secure energy-related internet-of-things devices.

In a posting scheduled to be published Oct. 8 in the Federal Register, NIST is asking all interested organizations to submit letters of interest to enter a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the agency to “provide an architecture that can be referenced and develop guidance for securing [industrial IoT devices] in commercial and/or utility-scale distributed energy resource environments.

The initiative marks the first foray into the energy sector for the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, a clearinghouse for public and private sector cyber expertise established in 2012.

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