NIST selects a partner for IIoT cybersecurity for DERs project

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has partnered with BlackRidge Technology International to implement its Securing the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT): Cybersecurity for Distributed Energy Resources project.

NIST selected BlackRidge through its National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence.

As part of the project, NIST and BlackRidge will demonstrate an integrated solution and reference architecture for the energy sector.

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BlackRidge will contribute its Transport Access Control (TAC) products for use in the project, including the TAC Identity Device for securing IIoT endpoints.

The products will be integrated with other commercially available or open-source hardware and software components.

The two will examine potential cybersecurity concerns that arise from IIoT connections as an increasing number of distributed energy resources are connected to the grid.

The project will include a reference architecture, logical design and lab-based implementation, security analysis, implementation testing, security control mapping, and adoption considerations. 

NIST will publish a NIST Cybersecurity Practice Guide, a detailed guide to help the industry address cybersecurity challenges using lessons learnt from the project.

John Walsh, BlackRidge chief technology and strategy officer said: “… we’ve been partnering with IIoT, industrial control system and Smart Cities leaders to address cyber risks by implementing a zero-trust security model that enforces identity across network boundaries.”