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Resilient and Secure Systems

Extreme weather events, physical attacks, and cyberattacks on the nation’s electrical grid led to Presidential Policy Directives and an Executive Order to secure the grid. This technical area aims to meet physical and cybersecurity challenges, analyze asset criticality, assess ways to minimize risk, address supply chain risks (specifically for transformers), and provide situational awareness and incident support during energy-related emergencies.

Research in this technical area falls under five main activities with related goals.

Activity 1:  Improve the Ability to Identify Threats and Hazards

Goal: Anticipate threats and hazards to the grid, while gaining an understanding of the vulnerabilities to all hazards, as well as their potential consequences.

Activity 2: Increase the Ability to Protect Against Threats and Hazards

Goal: Provide effective protection and resilience of the grid by developing standards for analyzing component and system resilience, creating and disseminating tools for resilient planning, hardening components against attacks, and instituting an inherently resilient communications system.

Activity 3: Increase the Ability to Detect Potential Threats and Hazards

Goal: Proactively call out system vulnerabilities or attacks by applying system status characterization, machine learning, and high-throughput analytics for the entire grid lifecycle, from planning and design to operations. Also address the human cognitive components of responding to threats identified through such a process.

Activity 4: Improve the Ability to Respond to Incidents

Goal: Improve the power grid’s ability to predict, respond, and adapt to all hazards and threats by developing methodologies and frameworks that assess system degradation, advance utility preparations based on predictions, and transform the grid to keep operating during hazardous events.

Activity 5: Improve the Grid’s Recovery Capacity and Time

Goal: Maintain plans for grid resilience and the restoration of electric sector capabilities and services following an all-hazards event.

Related Projects

  • Industrial Microgrid Analysis and Design for Energy Security and Resiliency

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), in partnership with Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and

  • Cybersecurity for Renewables, Distributed Energy Resources, and Smart Inverters

    The objective of this project is to develop a holistic attack-resilient architecture and layered

  • Improved Forecasts of Electric Outages from Tropical Cyclones

    ​Develop improved tool to estimate tropical cyclone impacts on the electric sector.

  • A Closed-Loop Distribution System Restoration Tool for Natural Disaster Recovery

    Recent severe power outages caused by extreme weather events have highlighted the importance and

  • Threat Detection and Response with Data Analytics

    This project involves developing advanced analytics on operational technology cyber data in order

  • Diagnostic Security Modules for Electric Vehicle to Building Integration

    The overall goal of this project is to develop a Diagnostic Security Module (DSM) framework for c

  • Recommendations for the Population Location and Operation of a Strategic Transformer Reserve

    The electric power sector of North America has implemented several programs to stock spare large

  • Web Tool for Improved Electric Outage Forecasting for Response to Tropical Cyclone Events

    In this two-year project, we will develop and deploy an online software tool available to the DOE

  • Secure, Scalable, Stable Control and Communications for Distributed PV

    The goal of this effort is to develop a distributed control and communications architecture that

  • MultiSpeak - Secure Protocol Enterprise Access Kit (MS-SPEAK)

    GM0068 – MultiSpeak® Secure Protocol Enterprise Access Kit (MS-SPEAK)

  • Grid Resilience and Intelligence Platform (GRIP)

    The Need: Extreme weather events pose an enormous and increasing threat to the n

  • Grid Analysis and Design for Energy and Infrastructure Resiliency for New Orleans

    his project was developed to help identify a set of cost-effective options for enhancing the resi

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Technical Project Team

  • Dan Harkness,
  • Lori Ross O'Neil,
  • Cecilla Klauber,
  • Dane Christensen,
  • Rita Foster,
  • Stacy Prowell,
  • Lon Dawson,
  • Meng Yue,
  • Alyona Ivanova Teyber,
  • Tim Whitney,
  • David Fobes,
  • Peter Larsen,


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