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Leidos to help develop cyber-protection for microgrids

  |   Jan. 22, 2014 at 12:23 PM
RESTON, Va., Jan. 22 (UPI) -- A new cybersecurity reference architecture to enhance protection of the control and IT systems of electrical microgrids is to be developed.

The project is a collaboration between The San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego, and Leidos, an engineering and technical services company previously known as Science Applications International Corp.

Microgrids are small-scale versions of larger power grids that draw energy from clean sources such as the wind and sun as well as from conventional technology and which work either independently or as part of a larger grid. More efficient and cost effective than large grids, their use has grown in the past 10 years.

"Given the importance of these new microgrids, it is important to take a methodical approach to creating a security architecture that can be applied to these systems in a relatively standardized manner," said Brian Russell, chief engineer for cyber-security solutions at Leidos.

Leidos is among the first companies to champion the integrated application of advanced transmission and distribution technologies for a modernized grid.

The SDSC project will analyze the cybersecurity aspect of an advanced microgrid at the UC San Diego campus and establish baseline security controls for use by other systems, Leidos said.

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