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.

The GridMaster® Microgrid Control System adheres to a multi-layer Defense in Depth security protocol that is built from the ground up into our technology. It is the only microgrid control system specifically developed and tested for cybersecurity while providing superior operational control.

S&C’s Cybersecurity Services team helps you navigate the many essential security considerations you encounter with a new or existing energy system to determine what suite of protocols are best for your needs. As the developers of the first microgrid control system to be granted an Authorization to Operate (ATO) from the Department of Defense, our team has the in-depth knowledge and resources to ensure energy system security and resiliency.

DEFENSE IN DEPTH PROTECTIONS ARE BUILT INTO GRIDMASTER CONTROLS

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.

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 800-82:

Security requirements for industrial control systems.

NIST IR 7628:

Smart grid system security requirements for risk assessment and mitigation.

Not sure what cybersecurity protocol is right for your business?

RESOURCES

IPERC Fort Carlson Energy Solutions

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

IPERC Microgrid Cybersecurity

Microgrid Cybersecurity: Protecting and Building the Grid of the Future

Download the S&C and 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

Infographic