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The US Department of Energy has announced up to $28 million to support grid resilience against cyber attacks.

The funding will support research, development and demonstration of next-generation cybersecurity tools and technologies.

The funding is being issued via the Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems Division of the Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response to protect electric, oil and gas infrastructure.

Beneficiaries will partner to research and create innovative solutions to detect and mitigate current and future cyber attacks attacking energy delivery systems which are becoming vulnerable due to digitisation.

The eleven projects to benefit have demonstrated their ability to develop cybersecurity solutions meeting operational standards articulated in the DOE Multiyear Plan for Energy Sector Cybersecurity

US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, said:  “Protecting the Nation’s energy delivery systems from cyber-threats is a top national priority.

“These awards will spur the next level of innovation needed to advance cyber resilience, ensuring that the Nation’s critical energy infrastructure can withstand potential cyber attacks while also still keeping the lights on.”

The news follows the CEDS providing funding which has enabled the development and transitioning to the energy sector of 35 technologies.