Distributed Energy Resource Cybersecurity Framework Best Practices

Charisa Powell, Konrad Hauck, Anuj Sanghvi, Tamara Reynolds

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


Current cybersecurity challenges for distributed energy resources (DERs) stem from the integration of various systems and the cyber-physical security concerns they bring. Although frameworks exist for industrial control systems and other energy systems, a simple guided tool that can prioritize recommended actions for controls specific to DERs is lacking. Additionally, the novelty of the field has made it difficult to create a standardized procedure for DERs with cybersecurity in mind. In response to this critical need to address cybersecurity risk management, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has developed a framework and accompanying web application known as the Distributed Energy Resources Cybersecurity Framework (DERCF) (Powell, 2019). A brief overview of the DERCF can be found in Section 1.2. This document provides a guide to cybersecurity best practices identified by technical research and site visits where the framework was used to assess the cybersecurity posture of DER systems.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages17
StatePublished - 2020

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-5R00-75921


  • cybersecurity
  • distributed energy resources


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