This project results from a cooperative agreement between NRECA and the DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) to deploy cyber and cyber-physical solutions for rural electric cooperatives. It is directed by NRECA's Chief Scientist, Dr. Emma Stewart.
The objective of this program is to enable a partnership with NRECA rural electric cooperative members and technology vendors to deploy technologies and systems that will provide cyber visibility, detection, and response capabilities for industrial control systems (ICS) of electric utilities.
The Importance of the 100-Day Program
This critical DOE initiative will modernize cybersecurity defenses in multiple ways including:
Encouraging owners and operators to implement measures or technology that enhance their detection, mitigation, and forensic capabilities;
Providing concrete milestones for owners and operators to identify and deploy technologies and systems that enable near real time situational awareness and response capabilities in critical ICS and operational technology (OT) networks;
Reinforcing and enhancing the cybersecurity posture of critical infrastructure information technology (IT) networks, enhancing people and process in OT and IT, enabling future technology deployments; and
A voluntary industry effort to deploy technologies and share data with a central threat center and the United States Government to increase visibility of threats in ICS and OT systems.
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