US DoE allocates USD34 million to 12 cybersecurity projects

The US Department of Energy (DoE) has allocated USD34 million funding to cybersecurity projects aimed at securing the smart grid. The funding, announced by DoE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, will pay for 12 projects related to detecting and responding to operational threats; integrating renewables securely; reducing exposure of the grid to these threats; detecting malware already in the supply chain; and identifying gaps in the cybersecurity roadmap released in 2011. Power and automation technology company ABB, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, General Electric (GE), United Technologies Research Center, and Iowa State University will be developing majority of these projects.

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