DOE has $20 million to dole out for cybersecurity innovations


The Department of Energy just announced it is accepting applications for R&D and demonstrations leading to next-generation tools and technologies that will help boost cybersecurity for energy delivery systems.


DOE is looking for innovations that can become widely adopted to enhance and accelerate deployment of cybersecurity capabilities for the U.S energy infrastructure, including cyber-secure integration of smart grid technologies. It's a topic getting considerable coverage of late; just yesterday we highlighted a report focusing on "massive, sustained" cyber-espionage targeting the energy sector.


The DOE's Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) includes six topic areas:

  1. Verify the integrity and facilitate deployment of energy delivery control system software and firmware updates
  2. Sustain critical energy delivery functions while responding to a cyber-intrusion
  3. Detect compromise of supply chain integrity
  4. Secure remote access for the energy sector
  5. Detect adversarial manipulation of power grid components
  6. Innovative technologies that enhance cybersecurity in the energy sector

The Department expects to award approximately $20 million to the cause. Application deadline is April 5, 2013. You can get the full FOA text here.


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