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Energy Dept to Back MIT’s Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Research Efforts

power gridThe Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management has secured $3.5 million in Energy Department funds to help develop tools for the cybersecurity of U.S. electric power grids and oil and natural gas installations.

MIT Sloan said Tuesday its Interdisciplinary Consortium for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity will also collaborate with the University of Illinois Cyber Resilient Energy Delivery Consortium through the DOE initiative.

The agency awarded CREDC $22.5 million in cybersecurity research funds.

“We are facing a global crisis with the cybersecurity of our critical infrastructure that requires collaboration across a range of disciplines to find solutions,” said Stuart Madnick, an MIT professor and (IC)3 director.

The group will work to create metrics and models for energy infrastructure operators to analyze cyber risks.

(IC)3 also seeks to develop cybersecurity resilience simulation platforms, data sharing incentive programs and strategies to encourage corporate implementation of cybersecurity systems.

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