Energy Security for the Nation

M. Hadley
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Washington, United States

Keywords: SDN, energy delivery, security, C2

U.S. government agencies responsible for national defense operate mission-critical equipment and house personnel in more than 500,000 facilities worldwide. Most of these depend on a commercial power grid, which is vulnerable to cyber-attacks, extreme weather, and other risks. The U.S. Department of Energy is piloting Software Defined Networking technology to provide secure electricity delivery systems to these facilities, beginning with four sites under the Department of Defense, Veterans Administration, and Department of Homeland Security (Coast Guard). Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and DOE’s Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER) are collaborating with these agencies and the electric utilities that serve their facilities. The pilot is being treated like a JCTD effort with a focus on technology transition. Activities include red teaming by multiple DoD teams, training for DoD and utility staff, multiple DoD operational deployments, support for the ATO process, and outreach events to highlight successes.