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U.S.: $12m for cybersecurity research in the energy sector

The U.S. Department of Energy is awarding a $12 million grant to six university research teams working on the cybersecurity of energy systems.

The United States fears a rise in cyberattacks on its energy assets. To address this threat, the Department of Energy (DOE) is to provide $12 million in funding to six university research teams on “preventing and mitigating attacks on U.S. energy production and distribution systems.”

For the DOE, advanced anomaly detection is the priority for this research. University teams will also work on AI, machine learning, and the development of next-generation energy systems that can automatically block access to key control functions and detect cyber intrusions more quickly.

“Investing in cutting-edge cyber security technology keeps us at the forefront of global innovation and protects America’s power grid in the face of increasing cyber threats from abroad,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm.

Six universities will each receive $2 million in funding:

  • Florida International University;
  • Iowa State University;
  • New York University;
  • Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station;
  • University of Illinois at Chicago; and
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
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