DEFENSE-IN-DEPTH

Cybersecurity for Your Unique Energy System

The frequency of cyber attacks on critical energy infrastructure is steadily rising. It is not enough to consider cybersecurity measures after an attack has already occurred. Security requires a systemic solution that is implemented from inception. It’s essential for energy system cybersecurity protection to go beyond traditional firewalls and security patches. At the same time, excessively complex security protocols can result in fragile systems.

IPERC adheres to a multi-layer Defense in Depth security protocol that is built from the ground up into our technology. IPERC’s cybersecurity specialists help navigate our customers through the many essential security considerations they encounter with a new or existing energy system to determine what suite of protocols are best for their needs. As the developers of the only microgrid control system to hold an Authorization to Operate (ATO) accreditation from the Department of Defense, our team has the in-depth knowledge and resources to ensure energy system security and resiliency. The GridMaster® is the only microgrid control system specifically developed and tested from the ground up to provide superior operational control while staying at the leading edge of cybersecurity.

EMERGING CYBERSECURITY STANDARD COMPLIANCE

NERC-CIP v5:

Security requirements for Bulk Electric System (BES) generation facilities.

NIST 800-53:

Security requirements for federal information systems.

NIST IR 7628:

Smart grid system security requirements for risk assessment and mitigation.

DEFENSE IN DEPTH PROTECTIONS ARE BUILT INTO OUR ENERGY SYSTEMS

FIREWALL

Firewalls are essential but the first layer of defense.

SYSTEM HARDENING

System code and hardware is designed for security.

WHITELISTING

System allows only approved communications.

ENCRYPTION

Sensitive data at rest and in transit is encoded.

AUTHENTICATION

Our peer-to-peer control architecture offers strong protection against spoofing.

INTRUSION DETECTION

Operators are notified immediately of intrusions so countermeasures can be launched.

Not sure what cybersecurity protocol is right for your business?

RESOURCES

IPERC’s Cyber Architect, Aura Lee Keating, discusses the latest insights in critical energy infrastructure cybersecurity. Learn why cyber attacks are increasing and what methods can be utilized to protect energy systems.
IPERC Microgrid Cybersecurity

Microgrid Cybersecurity: Protecting and Building the Grid of the Future

Download the new Microgrid Knowledge report and explore the rising threat of cyber attacks and why microgrid cybersecurity is crucial to the grid of the future.
White Paper

IPERC SPIDERS II Case Study

New Department of Defense Cyber Security Authorization to Operate

IPERC announces second Department of Defense Authorization to Operate accreditation granted to the GridMaster Microgrid Control System at Fort Carson, Colorado.
Press Release