The Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid (TCIPG) initiative is funded by the DOE, working with the Department of Homeland Security and industry. TCIPG is led by the academic sector as a public-private research partnership, supporting the development of resilient and secure Smart Grid systems, leveraging research previously funded by the National Science Foundation:
|“||TCIPG’s research plan is focused on securing the low-level devices, communications, and data systems that make up the power grid, to ensure trustworthy operation during normal conditions, cyber-attacks, and/or power emergencies. At the device level, new key functionality is being designed in hardware in order to detect attacks and failures and to restore proper system operation. Likewise, virtual machine technology is being developed and adapted for advanced power meters in order to permit new power use scenarios while preserving privacy. At the protocol level, new techniques are being developed to detect, react to, and recover from cyber attacks that occur while preserving integrity, availability, and real-time requirements.||”|
Participating in TCIPG are the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dartmouth College, Cornell University, the University of California at Davis, and Washington State University. Current TCIPG projects are focused on developing “trustworthy cyber infrastructure and technologies” for active demand management and wide-area monitoring and control, response to and managing cyber events, and risk/security assessments.