A secure and resilient power grid is vital to national security and a strong and vibrant economy. As the electric grid evolves, it is an increasingly attractive target for cyberattacks. Today, cyber incidents have the potential to disrupt the grid, damage highly specialized equipment, and threaten human health and safety. Protecting the Nation’s grid and other critical energy infrastructure from cyberattacks is a national priority outlined in the National Cyber Strategy.
Energy-related systems that may be vulnerable to attack include those for fuel processing, power plant control, communications in buildings, pipelines, automated vehicles, and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) for manufacturing. The U.S Department of Energy (DOE) is committed to protecting the Nation’s critical infrastructure from all threats, including cyber threats.
This document, Spotlight & Success Stories: Advancing Cybersecurity to Strengthen the Modern Grid, offers a glimpse into the work DOE performs to secure the U.S. power grid, providing an overview of DOE and National Lab activities in this area, followed by selected success stories. This report is a collaboration between OTT and the Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER).