The Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium
This DOE-led collaboration is addressing national grid modernization goals. Researchers from Berkeley Lab, LLNL, Sandia California, SLAC, and NREL are focusing on technical areas including security and resilience, sensing and measurements, and systems operations. The consortium will deliver new tools to better measure, analyze, and control the grid of the future.
Energy Grid Security
The California Energy Systems for the 21st Century (CES-21) is a public-private collaborative that includes San Diego Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas and Electric, the California Public Utilities Commission, and LLNL. One of CES-21’s two major missions is to improve cybersecurity for Industrial Control Systems (ICS). There are three focal areas: developing a Simulation Engine to model possible threat and response scenarios in virtual settings; establishing a Physical Test Bed to evaluate threats on actual, physical substation equipment; and compiling an Automated Response Research Package software system, keeping pace with the industry’s movement towards machine-to-machine automated threat response (MMATR) and other next-generation security techniques.
Ferreting Out Cyber Threats
Researchers at Sandia California have developed new ways to detect and respond against potential attacks, not only for nuclear security but for critical infrastructure across a broad range of industries. WeaselBoard is a small card that plugs into industrial controllers to detect illicit traffic. Currently in pilot phase, WeaselBoard technology allows operators to see compromises as they happen in real time, and respond quickly to prevent damage.
Sandia California runs the Center for Cyber Defenders (CCD), which gives high school, undergraduate, and graduate student interns hands-on, practical experience with computer systems, network operations, and information protection. The year-round program combines research with education, and aims to matriculate graduates who can move into computer security jobs at Sandia California, or into the private sector. CCD is one of three technical tracks in Sandia’s Technical Internships to Advance National Security (TITANS) program.
Sensitive Data Networks
As manager of ESNet, the high-bandwidth network connecting national labs, Berkeley Lab enables scientific computing that is currently hindered without security or privacy controls. ESNet enables extremely large, high-throughput data transfers while still providing protection of sensitive data categories, such as those subject to the HIPAA Security and Privacy rules. Partners who leverage ESNet include the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Researchers can safely access electronic records and other health data, and tap into DOE’s high-performance computer processing to study priority topics such as suicide prevention, prostate cancer, and cardiovascular disease.
Research Benefits by Topic Area:
Public Safety | Human Health | Agriculture, Water, and Natural Resources | Climate Change | Energy Efficiency and Renewables | Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship | Cybersecurity | STEM Education | Inspiration for All
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