Guidehouse report outlines cybersecurity priorities for distributed energy

a new report of Guidehouse Insights examines how distributed energy resource (DER) deployments increase the attack surface for cyberattacks, discusses the updated IEEE standard 1547-2018, and makes recommendations for industry stakeholders.

New global DER deployment capabilities – including distributed generation (DG), distributed energy storage, plug-in EV chargers, demand response (DR), and energy efficiency – are expected to continue to outpace the deployment of new centralized generation capacity. Unfortunately, without government regulation or widespread customer demand signals, cybersecurity is often an afterthought for rapidly scaling and distributed technologies. According to the Guidehouse Insights report, utilities and owners of DER implementations should prioritize cybersecurity best practices and controls to ensure safety and resilience for power generation and distribution.

“Cyber ​​attacks are becoming more common in the energy sector and cybersecurity risks to DER are increasing,” said Danielle Jablanski, senior research analyst at Guidehouse Insights. “Best practices and controls for DER are essential to ensure safety, reliability and resilience for power generation and distribution.”

Planning and preparing for incidents is paramount. According to the report, utilities and owners and operators of DER deployments should not only prioritize DER cyber risk and develop more robust orchestration systems, they should also promote industry-led initiatives for securing DER and pursue a more robust public key infrastructure.

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