Whether Facing a Cyberattack or a Pandemic, Preparation Is Critical

S&C Electric’s Stephanie Pine explains why cybersecurity and threat preparation is critical for the utility industry during uncertain times — a fact underscored by the pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has provided the ultimate lesson in the value of preparation and crisis management. As we’ve collectively experienced this pandemic, it has … [Read more...]

Cybersecurity Best Practices Create Trusted Environments

Eaton's Anthony Ciccozzi explores the ins and outs of microgrid cybersecurity best practices.  In 2020, an estimated 31 billion devices will be connected to the internet. This level of connectivity is building a more intelligent energy infrastructure capable of not only detecting issues, but also predicting where a problem is developing. At … [Read more...]

Protecting Against Cyber Threats to Electrical Distribution Systems

It's no news that cybersecurity is increasingly becoming more and more of a concern for companies and businesses in a variety of different sectors. Often, we mostly think of cyber attacks targeting government and commercial computer networks. But with the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), and as distributed energy systems become more popular, … [Read more...]

First Cybersecure Microgrid Controller Installed by Midwestern Utility

This is the sixth and final article in a Microgrid Knowledge series. This post explores what is being described as the first utility-owned microgrid to include an advanced cybersecure microgrid controller.  A 1.475-MW test project is being described by a Midwestern utility and a key partner as one of the most technologically advanced … [Read more...]

Microgrid Cybersecurity: Fighting Asymmetrical Warfare

A threat recognized by utility executives at the highest level, cyberattacks are a new form of terrorism and asymmetrical warfare, as explained in this fifth article from a Microgrid Knowledge series on microgrid cybersecurity.  It’s common to find seeds of advanced technology within work by the military. Microgrid cybersecurity is no … [Read more...]

How to Create a Cybersecure Microgrid and Protect the Macrogrid Too

This is the fourth article in a Microgrid Knowledge series that explores why we need to focus on microgrid cybersecurity and how to create a cybersecure microgrid while also protecting the macrogrid.  Cybersecurity should be a prime consideration at the outset of microgrid design. If a microgrid is being installed for resilience, it doesn’t … [Read more...]

The Cybersecurity Value of Microgrid Islanding

This is the third article in a Microgrid Knowledge series that explores why we need to focus on microgrid cybersecurity and the value of microgrid islanding.  The value of microgrids as a cybersecurity defensive measure begins with their unique ability to operate in two different modes: connected to the electric grid or islanded from it as a … [Read more...]

Grid Cyber Attacks: How is Our Electric System Vulnerable?

This is the second article in a Microgrid Knowledge series that explores why we need to focus on microgrid cybersecurity to protect the grid of the future. This post narrows in on grid cyber attacks and how our electric system is vulnerable.   The North American electric power grid has been described as a single enormous machine, one of the … [Read more...]

Ameren Microgrid Goes Live as First in Utility Cybersecurity

The Ameren Microgrid, a complex cybersecure microgrid, is now live and operating adjacent to the University of Illinois in Champaign. Developed by Ameren Illinois, the 1.475 MW test project is being described by the utility and a key partner as one of the most technologically advanced utility-scale microgrids in North America. In addition to … [Read more...]

Big Question: How Can Microgrids Protect Us from Grid Hackers?

Grid hackers are hard at work trying to takedown the US electric system. The US government and private security firms report both foreign and domestic attempts are growing in frequency In the interest of advancing ‘microgrid knowledge,’ we will periodically pose a big question that’s been on our minds. Please share your expertise with our readers … [Read more...]