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DOE Developing Grid Security Cost Analysis Tool

The Department of Energy’s Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response is working with the national energy laboratories to develop a tool that can help private infrastructure providers evaluate operational costs, FCW reported Thursday.

Karen Evans, assistant secretary of CESER, said at a recent Energy Electricity Advisory Board meeting that the tool will have a simple interface enabling relevant personnel such as engineers and cybersecurity staff to access a range of cost information.

"They want to know for 'X' amount of dollars how much risk is being reduced in the enterprise," she said. "We're working on a tool right now that will answer that question."

The department  previously announced that CESER would receive $157M to launch early-stage research and development efforts to fortify grid cybersecurity and help private companies improve their infrastructure capacity to withstand both natural and manmade phenomena.

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