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ICON_CREDC-GRID-v1“By 2020, resilient energy delivery systems are designed, installed, operated, and maintained to survive a cyber incident while sustaining critical functions.” – Energy Sector Control Systems Working Group Industry Roadmap, 2011

Cyber networks provide the framework for many important functions within energy delivery systems, from sending data between a smart meter and utility to controlling the flow of oil or gas in a pipeline. However, they are also vulnerable to disturbances. According to the ICS-CERT “Monitor” newsletter, a publication of the Department of Homeland Security, a third of the 245 reported cyber incidents in industrial control systems that happened in 2014 occurred in the energy sector.

The Cyber Resilient Energy Delivery Consortium (CREDC) will work to make these systems more secure and resilient. In the cyber world, “security” refers to the ability to keep data confidential and uncorrupted, while “resiliency” is the ability to withstand attacks, provide an acceptable level of service in the midst of an incident, and recover quickly following an attack.

Industry Collaboration & Impact

By involving industry early and often – from helping us to identify critical sector needs to performing pilot deployment and technology adoption – CREDC will develop projects that have significant and measurable sector impact. Our goal is to create a pipeline through which foundational research will lead to applied research and development, which in turn will result in technology that is effective and affordable and can be implemented quickly in the field.

CREDC Research Ecosystem for Impact on Energy Delivery Systems

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Legacy & Leading the Way

CREDC  is a successor to two earlier research initiatives focused on EDS resilience, particularly in the area of electric power:

Back in 2005, the electricity sector was largely “security-unaware.” Thanks in part to those earlier efforts, there has since been widespread adoption of security best practices and technology. However, because the landscape continuously evolves, resiliency in a dynamic environment is key. With a broader research scope that includes the oil & gas industry and with support and funding provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, CREDC continues to lead the way.