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Distributed Energy Resources and Cybersecurity

Posted by Enbala on Apr 12, 2017 11:26:55 AM


It seems like almost everyone has had some sort of personal experience with hacking, cyberattacks or malware these days, either at work or at home – and, for many, both.  But did you know that Symantec, the cybersecurity software giant, discovered more than 430 million new unique pieces of malware in 2015 alone?  That was up 36 percent from the previous year, and the numbers keep growing.   

Anyone in the utility industry is also aware that utilities are a target for cyberattacks, but did you realize that hackers target utilities more than any other part of the U.S. critical infrastructure or that there are more reported cyber incidents in the energy industry than in healthcare, finance, transportation, water and communications combined?  


As the entryways to the grid increase along with the burgeoning number of distributed energy resources (DERs), we must all be aware of the additional grid security risks that are being introduced and how to protect against them. This is especially problematic for those DERs that are not under utility control. How can utilities protect the grid from the distributed solar, energy storage and other DERs being installed by residential and C&I customers, knowing that there will potentially be millions of these distributed assets interconnected to the distribution system in the very near future?

Enbala has written a new white paper on the topic of cybersecurity of distributed energy assets that considers these and other issues and challenges.  You can read the white paper via the link below. 

Read the Paper

As usual, we invite you to share this new thought leadership with your colleagues, and we welcome your insights and perspecitives on this and other distributed energy topics.  That's our passion! 


Topics: distributed energy resources, DERs, DERMs, utility cybersecurity, cyberattack, utility malware, grid cybersecurity, malware, utility cyberattack, ransomeware

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