The Distributed Energy Resource Cybersecurity Framework

Research output: NRELFact Sheet


For facilities with distributed energy resources (DERs), cybersecurity must be considered holistically, across system architectures and down to individual components. It's hard to know where to start. That's why the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has developed an assessment tool for organizations with DERs to understand and improve their cybersecurity. With support from the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program, the Distributed Energy Resource Cybersecurity Framework (DER-CF) provides a holistic evaluation of a facility's DER cybersecurity and makes customized recommendations that follow widely recognized best practices for cybersecurity. The DER-CF is available at no cost as an interactive web tool (
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages2
StatePublished - 2022

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/FS-5R00-82577


  • cybersecurity
  • DER-CF
  • distributed energy resources
  • FEMP
  • framework


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