Cybersecurity in Distributed Energy Resources: Threat Analysis, Interoperability, and Dynamic Defense of Energy Delivery Systems
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
11:20 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
There is increasing evidence that antagonists are targeting ICS environments, such as the power grid and water pipelines. This is because these systems continue to use predictable communication paths, static configurations and unpatched software. For securing these systems, cybersecurity analysts need an understanding of the information that is being protected and the threats. The industry and national laboratories have researched ways to improve the security of communication between trusted parties, while creating uncertainties for untrusted parties. This advance was due to the development of a technology that automatically detects and responds to threats within critical infrastructure environments in real time. A PKI program has also been designed to increase stakeholder confidence in DER communication solutions, including those enabling interoperability of smart inverters. This work demonstrates efforts to alter the strategic balance of antagonist in favor of layering technology savvy defenses to mitigate attacks while protecting the operability of critical infrastructure.