Applied Communication Sciences has secured funding from the Energy Department to research, build and demonstrate technology intended to help prevent cyber attacks on the nation’s smart metering infrastructure.
DOE has distributed $30 million in grants to awardees under an initiative to provide utilities security analytics and intrusion detection tools for detecting and monitoring threats in wireless communication networks for local energy infrastructures, ACS said Oct. 10.
“Utilities are in a race against time to secure their smart grid networks against cyber adversaries,” said Stan Pietrowicz, an ACS program manager,
“Detection and situational awareness will be key to ensuring a secure smart grid,” Pietrowicz added.
ACS says it will work on technology that can help energy utlities analyze the performance of metering systems and distribution automation field area networks.