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Georgia Tech Awarded DOE Smart Grid Security Project

power gridA consortium led by the Georgia Tech Research Institute has been awarded a $5 million grant from the Energy Department to develop, validate and demonstrate a tool for detecting cyber attacks in utility and power grid systems.

The institute’s Cyber Technology and Information Systems Laboratory will work on the project in cooperation with the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s National Electric Energy Testing, Research and Applications Center and the Strategic Energy Institute, GTRI said Dec. 19.

“(Utilities and energy delivery systems) provide distribution over a large geographic area and are composed of disparate components, which must work together as the system’s operating state evolves,” said CTISL researcher Seth Walters.

“Relevant security technologies need to work within the bandwidth limitations of these systems in order to see broad adoption and they need to account for the varying security profiles of the components within these power systems,” Walters added.

DOE wants the tool suite to detect whether an attack is underway, as well as to utilize advanced modeling and simulation technologies and a security sensor array.

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