The NIST National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence recently collaborated with stakeholders in the electricity sector, the University of Maryland, and cybersecurity technology providers to build an environment that mimics a distribution utility interconnected with a campus microgrid. Within this ecosystem, they explored how information exchanges among distributed energy resources (DERs) and the electric distribution grid can be trusted and protected from cybersecurity compromise. 

This presentation will offer an overview of the project and reference design/architecture and the commercially-available products brought to bear to address some of the cybersecurity challenges for DERs.


  • Jim McCarthy and Don Faatz, NIST National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence
  • NCCoE project collaborators from Anterix, BlackRidge Technology, Cisco, Dots and Bridges, Radiflow, Spherical Analytics, Sumo Logic, TDi Technologies, and Xage Security