Cyber Resilient Design and Controls for Energy Systems

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As the grid of today is evolving into a highly distributed and autonomous cyber-physical system with higher penetration of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) and autonomous controls that are dependent on the cyber infrastructure, there are novel and increasing challenges to cyber-resilient operation of the grid. While the traditional mechanisms take a "bolt on" approach to cybersecurity and resiliency, this talk presents two novel technologies developed at NREL that "bake in" security and resilience into the design and control of the grid. An Adaptive Resilience Metrics framework is a novel mechanism for system owners and operators to understand the impact of cyber and physical system design and topology on the resilient operation, while also helping determine optimal policies in response to adverse cyber events. Along with that a zero-knowledge proof-based technique helps incorporate security into the controls layer by focusing on computational integrity rather than data integrity. By leveraging design and control properties unique to Operational Technology systems these technologies will not only help enhance cyber-resilience for the grid of today, but a highly distributed and autonomous grid of tomorrow.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 2022

Publication series

NamePresented at the 2022 EDGE Symposium, 19-20 September 2022, Niskayuna, New York

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-5R00-83978


  • cyber resilience
  • cyber resilient controls
  • cyber resilient design
  • cybersecurity
  • reinforcement learning
  • zero knowledge proofs


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