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U.S. Department of Energy Allocates $45 Million to Enhance Energy Sector Cybersecurity

Published: 3.6.2024

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a $45 million investment in 16 projects across six states in cybersecurity initiatives to strengthen the nation's energy infrastructure against cyberattacks.

With the rise in sophisticated cyber threats targeting critical infrastructure, including energy grids, pipelines, and power plants, investments in DOE's Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems are crucial to protect against potential disruptions and ensure the continuous delivery of energy services.

Recognizing the disruptive potential of cyber attacks on energy supply chains, the investment will address a spectrum of threats spanning from energy generation to delivery. This acceleration in cybersecurity investments aligns with President Biden’s ambitious clean energy and climate goals, essential for maintaining a secure and reliable energy supply for American families and businesses.

Past incidents such as the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack highlight the vulnerabilities of critical infrastructure to cyber threats and the need for robust cybersecurity measures.

The CEDS program focuses on advancing technologies that can detect, mitigate, and respond to cyber incidents effectively including the development of advanced security solutions, risk assessment tools, and training programs to strengthen the cybersecurity posture of energy systems nationwide.

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