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GRIDEON – "The" Secure Grid Data Exchange”

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Stephen J. Callahan is Executive Vice President for Grid Modernization and Chief Marketing Officer at GridBright, Inc (https://gridbright.com/). Over his 35 plus year career in industry...

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In my prior posts I have outlined the GridBright’s DOE ARPA-E sponsored research on secure grid data exchange.  The outcome of that and prior research is GRIDEON

Built on Open Source in the Cloud

GRIDEON is an open-source based suite of easy to use cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) applications, technologies, enablement and support services, and standards that provide the full set of capabilities required to instantiate any type of secure grid data exchange.

GRIDEON efficiently ensures secure and compliant grid data exchange among all-electric ecosystem participants encompassing the entire electric value chain from generation to consumers (prosumers) spanning business and real-time operations.

It accommodates the creation of multiple types of exchanges necessitated by the utility industry's grid data sharing applications such as collaboration, real-time system integration, publication-subscriber, one-to-many, among just a few. 

It establishes core grid data exchange standards that drive cost efficiency and management efficacy for foundational exchange artifacts such as nondisclosure agreements (NDA) between counterparties and software development kits (SDK) for advanced on-prem GRIDEON features (requiring a software client) such as zero-knowledge end-to-end encryption.

It also implements the enabling processes for secure grid data exchanges such as participant registration and advanced encryption key services that support exchange operations, security, and compliance.

Girding these key elements is a support organization providing 24 x 7 help, operations, and technical support functions required by the operational nature of many of the exchanges a typical utility will implement. 

Deep Compliance Capabilities

GRIDEON provides a rich set of services and capabilities to ensure that you meet critical risk and compliance requirements.  Instantiating the concept of Active Classification outlined in a prior post, it provides for the capabilities of managing, vetting and validating counterparties in exchanges both through enabling services (such as background checks if required and registration) and through activity logging and reporting of every exchange participants' data sharing actions. Thorough process standardization and automation it provides strong compliance management discipline to what happens to an enterprise's grid data.  And via data loss prevention techniques, it provides the capability to oversee, and if required, control what data is shared with who and how.

 

 

Know Your Counterparty

Know Your Process

Know Your Data

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRIDEON simplifies and standardizes grid communications reducing cyber-security exposures, improves resiliency, and maximizes compliance. It eliminates the need for expensive private communications networks and outdated point-to-point systems. It improves the operational efficiency of the modern grid value chain by providing the following specific capabilities.

  • Data loss prevention while data is in use, in motion, and at rest
  • Data rights management based on counterparty classification
  • "Know your counterparty" control and management processes
  • Complies with PII, CEII, NERC CIP, and CUI data exchange standards
  • Complete process orchestration with management reporting and analytics
  • Extensive administration and counterparty management

Cost and Risk Benefits

Security and compliance strength at the most efficient cost financially and operationally are the founding concepts upon which GRIDEON has been designed and developed. Built on open source and cloud, it is the next generation of grid data sharing technology and services providing the set of capabilities that the utility industry needs to meet the risks and challenges of the industry today and in the future.  It offers electric value chain participants the benefits to:

  • exchange sensitive grid and operational data at the highest level of cybersecurity
  • comply with federal, state, and industry regulations for exchange of grid and customer data
  • scale services on-demand providing efficient operations in both standard and "extreme" circumstances
  • standardize data exchange processes for new energy grid operations and market transactions
  • automate the workflow of the data exchange process

The convergence in the industry that predicated GRIDEON is happening. It is accelerating.  Exchange of grid data securely and compliantly is as essential to the industry's future as is the industry to both business and personal endeavors.  The threats and risks of such data exchange are not minimal, nor are the potential costs. How utilities manage them may well decide the winners and losers as the industry's future unfolds.  Managing them requires a secure grid data exchange.

It requires GRIDEON!

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Matt Chester on Feb 4, 2021

The threats and risks of such data exchange are not minimal, nor are the potential costs. How utilities manage them may well decide the winners and losers as the industry's future unfolds.  Managing them requires a secure grid data exchange.

Can utilities point to the use of tools like GRIDEON as a way to help assuage the concerns of customers who are wary of smart meters and their personal data being collected that they are in fact ahead of the potential bad actors that the customers may be worried about? I always wonder about that second leg-- not just the actual security, but leveraging that to assure stakeholders of the perception of security they should now have

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