Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response

Attend the 2018 Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems (CEDS) R&D Peer Review

October 16, 2018

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The 2018 CEDS Peer Review offers energy industry stakeholders the best opportunity to explore and provide input on cutting-edge cyber R&D.

The Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems (CEDS) program funds a diverse portfolio of research and development (R&D) that is re-designing energy delivery systems to adapt and survive cyber-attacks. On November 6-8, 2018, CEDS is holding a Peer Review in Arlington, Virginia, where energy industry representatives can learn about cutting-edge cyber R&D in active projects and provide input on future CEDS research priorities.

CEDS R&D projects deliver advanced tools and technologies for the energy sector’s operational technology (OT)—the digital systems and networks that control energy delivery. Unlike information technology (IT) on business networks, OT systems manage real-time physical processes, where a sophisticated cyber attack could damage equipment and disrupt energy delivery.

To reduce cyber risk to these specialized systems, CEDS and its R&D partners are developing innovative capabilities for energy delivery systems and devices to prevent attacks, detect malicious activity, and automatically adapt to survive cyber-attacks while sustaining critical functions. The CEDS program manages a diverse portfolio of competitively funded R&D under the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER).

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Partnering with industry, cybersecurity vendors, academia, and national laboratories, CEDS has been able to deliver more than 47 products, tools, and technologies to help reduce the OT cyber risk. The 2018 Peer Review provides an opportunity to directly engage with researchers designing the next generation of cybersecurity solutions for the energy sector.

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CEDS has delivered more the 47 products, tools, and technologies since 2010. Source: From Innovation to Practice: Re-designing Energy Delivery Systems to Survive Cyber Attacks, July 2018.

Attend the 2018 CEDS R&D Peer Review

The 2018 CEDS Peer Review will take place November 6-8, 2018, at the Hilton Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia. Independent technical experts will perform a documented evaluation of active CEDS research projects. Researchers from each of the projects will present their project(s) and progress and respond to expert review panel questions and discussion.

The CEDS Peer Review is open to the public and is a great opportunity for representatives of the energy industry to learn more about the program’s extensive research portfolio. The program staff welcomes questions and professional insight from attendees.

Throughout the Peer Review, project researchers will be available during poster sessions to describe their work in more detail. All attendees are welcome to explore the poster room and talk with the talented researchers.

Provide Input on Future Research Priorities

On the last day, the CEDS Peer Review will hold a facilitated discussion on future potential research in energy sector cybersecurity. One of the primary references used in the discussion will be the 2018 Multiyear Plan for Energy Sector Cybersecurity developed by DOE as a guideline for programmatic decision making. Representatives from energy sector asset owners and operators, vendors, and research organizations will have an opportunity to discuss current and future needs for cybersecurity for energy delivery systems. All attendees of the peer review are encouraged to attend this facilitated discussion.

Why Attend the 2018 CEDS Peer Review?

  • Get a detailed look at the status of current CEDS cybersecurity R&D projects

  • Get an overall picture of CEDS research directions and overarching priorities

  • Offer feedback and insights into research approaches and technology development practices

  • Directly engage with project researchers, including industry members, National Laboratories, and the academic community

How CEDS Benefits from the Peer Review and Public Involvement

  • Receives objective review of projects from independent industry experts and their evaluations of progress—covering project goals, objectives, strategy, productivity, and leadership

  • Receives inputs to improve individual projects, including related best practices, research, or technologies and risk management strategies

  • Receives guidance for project management

  • Receives inputs into programmatic research directions and industry priorities

To register for the peer review and find details and venue information, please visit https://www.netl.doe.gov/events/2018-ceds.

About CEDS

Part of DOE’s Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER), CEDS is focused on the research and development of innovative technologies to help reduce the risks that cyber-attacks and other emerging threats pose to the nation’s critical energy infrastructure. Through CEDS and CESER’s Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration (ISER) division, DOE is helping to protect America's critical energy infrastructure from cyber threats, physical attacks, and natural disasters, and ensure the nation’s energy security.

To learn more about how DOE is addressing the emerging threats of tomorrow, while protecting the reliable flow of energy to Americans today, go here.