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Energy gives cyber research $25M boost

NOTE: This article first appeared on FCW.com.

The Energy Department committed to $25 million in funding opportunities for commercial-sector cybersecurity research, development and innovation for the energy sector, through its Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability.

That office said it is making the $25 million funding opportunity announcement through its Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems program.

The solicitation targets contractors or potential providers to research, develop and demonstrate new cybersecurity capabilities for the sector.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry has made tighter cybersecurity for energy sector infrastructure a priority. His fiscal 2019 budget looks to stand up a separate account for Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response. He cited the need to "strengthen efforts to protect our critical energy infrastructure" in a statement announcing the funding.

The program is looking to tap private-sector technologies in five areas, including designing cyber resilient architectures for electric, oil and natural gas infrastructures, as well as overall cybersecurity for those subsectors.
It also wants work on "cybersecure" communications, secure cloud technologies that could be used in the sectors' operational environments, as well as overall innovative cybersecurity ideas for the sector.

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

Click here for previous articles by Rockwell. Contact him at mrockwell@fcw.com or follow him on Twitter at @MRockwell4.


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