The NCCoE Releases Final Guide on Securing Distributed Energy Resources


The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) is pleased to announce the release of NIST Special Publication 1800-32, Securing Distributed Energy Resources: An Example Solution of Industrial Internet of Things Cybersecurity.

Addressing Emerging Cybersecurity Concerns of DERs
The use of small-scale distributed energy resources (DERs) is growing rapidly and transforming the power grid. In this new, modern power grid, a distribution utility may need to remotely communicate with thousands of DERs and other grid-edge devices—many of which are not owned by them. Any attack that can deny, disrupt, or tamper with DER communications could prevent a utility from performing necessary control actions and could diminish grid resiliency.

The NCCoE practice guide features an example solution that can help organizations:

  • Protect and preserve the integrity of digital communications of grid-edge devices and networks
  • Capture an immutable record of control actions across DERs
  • Support secure edge-to-cloud data flows, visualization, and data sharing
  • Remotely monitor utility and nonutility DERs

If you are interested in being involved with the NCCoE’s continuing work in energy sector cybersecurity, please join our Energy Sector Cybersecurity Community of Interest.