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Distributed Energy Resource Cybersecurity Framework Tool Shines in Solar Cybersecurity Assessment

As the world pushes for sustainable energy, the spotlight turns to distributed energy resources (DERs), with solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at the forefront. In the quest for decarbonization, a shining star emerges—the Distributed Energy Resource Cybersecurity Framework (DER-CF).Unveiled at the 2023 IEEE Power and Energy Society’s Innovative Smart Grid Technologies conference, a new paper by National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) researchers sheds light on the importance of securing solar energy.

A new, innovative method using AI is paving the way for enhanced cybersecurity measures. Credit: Maksim Eren, image created in DALL-E.

Using AI To Develop Enhanced Cybersecurity

 New research helps identify an unprecedented number of malware families A research team at Los Alamos National Laboratory is using artificial intelligence to address several critical shortcomings in large-scale malware analysis, making significant advancements in the classification of Microsoft Windows malware and paving the way for enhanced cybersecurity measures. Using … [continued]

U.S. DOE: $70 Million To Strengthen Energy Sector Against Physical & Cyber Hazards

All-Hazards Energy Resilience Funding Opportunity Will Support Research Projects to Help Make the Nation’s Energy Systems More Secure, Resilient, and Reliable, Bolstering America’s Ability to Quickly Recover from Energy Disruptions WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced up to $70 million in funding to support research into … [continued]

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Researchers Strengthen Defenses Against Common Cyberattack

RICHLAND, Washington — Scientists have developed a better way to recognize a common internet attack, improving detection by 90 percent compared to current methods. The new technique developed by computer scientists at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory works by keeping a watchful eye over ever-changing traffic patterns … [continued]

Cybersecurity in the Energy Industry

Leadership from the DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office met with cybersecurity researchers at NREL in July 2022. Saleem (center), along with Jordan Peterson, Ryan Cryar, and William Hupp, helped bring together diverse energy sector stakeholders to evaluate research priorities for improving cybersecurity of distributed generation on the grid. In July … [continued]

Electric Vehicle Manufacturers Mobilize Behind Charging Cybersecurity at NREL

Members of the electric vehicle (EV) industry gathered at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in early April to evaluate enhanced cybersecurity for the connections between electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. By Connor O’Neil, NREL  As more EVs enter the market and connect to the electrical system, potentially exposing cyber … [continued]