Distributed Energy Resources (DER) are rapidly deploying in utility distribution grids
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- Aug 23, 2019 9:00 am GMT
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As utilities confront new DER interconnection and grid management issues, it is equally important to actively consider the Cyber Security challenges created by utility-owned and third party DER assets. These challenges include an increased attack surface and a lack of clear lines of responsibility. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) recently convened the first DER Cyber Security Workshop on July 16th in Palo Alto, California, to identify DER technical, policy, and skills obstacles to utilities securely monitoring and/or managing these assets. Attendees included cyber security and DER integration resources from investor-owned and municipal electric utilities, state regulatory agencies, national labs, and vendors. Discussion topics ranged from an overview of EPRI’s Network Security Architecture for DER Integration research and a utility’s perspective on Cyber Security for IEEE 1547’s recent revision. Other sessions focused on Cyber Security research focused on EVs and EV charging infrastructure and a utility-led presentation on Cyber Security challenges in grid modernization. There were three main take-aways from the daylong event:
- Utilities, regulators, and vendors must immediately address critical security gaps in technologies, policies, and practices
- Current DER cyber security vulnerabilities are a growing risk management issue for utilities
- EPRI will create the DER Cyber Security Interest Group as a forum for industry stakeholders to address these issues and drive consensus on solutions that reduce cyber security vulnerabilities in DER deployments.
For more information on the DER Cyber Security Interest Group or EPRI’s Cyber Security research activities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.