Resilient Energy Platform. Fact Sheet: Power Sector Cybersecurity Building Blocks

Sadie Cox, Jeremy Foster, Sarah Lawson

Research output: NRELFact Sheet


The Power Sector Cybersecurity Building Blocks, developed through the USAID-NREL Partnership and the Resilient Energy Platform, are designed to help a variety of stakeholders improve security for the electrical grid. This effort grows out of USAID and NREL's discussions with utilities around the world, as well as past cybersecurity assessments performed by NREL on dozens of utilities and government agencies, with a focus on the cybersecurity challenges faced by small and under-resourced utilities. This document outlines eleven building blocks for power sector cyber security. It functions as a guide to help organizations develop a robust, balanced cybersecurity defense program. Individually, each building block represents a cluster of related activities within cybersecurity on which an organization should focus. Using the building blocks, organizations can effectively prioritize their cybersecurity efforts to best thwart a wide range of potential cyberattacks.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages2
StatePublished - 2021

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/FS-5R00-79542


  • building blocks
  • cybersecurity
  • power sector cybersecurity
  • resilience
  • Resilient Energy Platform
  • resilient power systems
  • USAID-NREL Partnership


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