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­niversities, ­tility Research Protecting Nation's Power Grid From Cyberattacks

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The U.S. electrical power transmission grid.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Center for Securing Electrical Energy Delivery System is working to protect the nation's power grid from cyberattacks.

Credit: U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency

The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) Center for Securing Electric Energy Delivery Systems (SEEDS) aims to help safeguard the U.S.'s power utilities from cyberattacks.

The $12.2-million initiative includes cybersecurity researchers from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Carnegie Mellon University, Lehigh University, Florida International University (FIU), and the Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation. "Working together, we hope to reduce the vulnerability of our power grid and ensure the security of our energy delivery systems for the future," says FIU professor Osama Mohammed.

The researchers will study how to help safeguard the U.S.'s power utilities from cyberattacks by addressing vulnerabilities and challenges in the grid's delivery systems. The main goal is to protect hardware assets, make systems less susceptible to cyberattacks, and provide for the reliable delivery of power if such an attack were to occur.

FIU says the researchers will be testing "developments with the state-of-the-art Smart Grid Testbed," which "emulates a real-time power grid capable of replicating different types of controls for power generation, transmission, and distribution with grid-connected renewable resources and energy storage in three microgrids."

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