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The US Department of Energy, Idaho National Laboratory and cybersecurity research firm New Context have extended their collaboration on research and development of next-generation cybersecurity tools.

The project is funded by the DoE Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response as part of the Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems initiative.

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Structured Threat Information Expression standard and geographic information system layering will be used to enable operational technology systems to detect next-generation threats.

The aim is to protect the US critical infrastructure, including grid networks, from cyberattacks.

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The technologies and processes to be developed are expected to have broad applicability to the US energy delivery sector by meeting their needs in a cost-effective manner.

“Incorporating emerging technologies focused on enabling and contextualizing timely cyber threat information is one of the goals of the Geo Threat Observables project,” said Idaho National Laboratory project manager Rita Foster. “Providing descriptive and actionable information that is both sharable and implementation-ready has already been pioneered by New Context for the energy sector. Their expertise makes them a valuable partner for our laboratory.”