Berkeley Lab Aims to Strengthen the Cybersecurity of the Grid | Energy Storage & Distributed Resources Division
The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is partnering with an array of private companies (Siemens) and government agencies (National Rural Energy Cooperative) to research ways to safeguard a connected grid against cyberattacks. Specifically, the lab will work on tools to detect and counteract certain types of cyberattacks on the grid. It's approach is similar to the way that noise-canceling headphones work: the algorithms will identify nodes of a connected grid that have been hacked and dispatch opposing settings to the inverters in the nodes that are still up to stop the hacker. From the press release:
"The concept is based on watching for irregularities in the physical behavior of the grid. "There are laws that govern the way the power grid operates from a physical perspective," said Sean Peisert, a cybersecurity expert in Berkeley Lab's Computational Research Division and the principal investigator on the project. "So we leverage those insights to understand the ways in which hackers might attempt to do something to the grid."
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