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US Department of Energy award funds infrastructure cybersecurity development

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has granted eleven awards totaling approximately $30 million for the development of new tools and technologies to strengthen protection of the nation’s electric grid and oil and gas infrastructure from cyber-attack, including an award of $3.25 million to ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ:VSAT). The company will work closely with Southern California Edison and a large utility headquartered in the South to investigate, develop, and deploy an enhancement to ViaSat’s critical infrastructure protection system.

ViaSat’s cybersecurity system focuses on securing utilities’ operational grids, enabling energy, water, oil and gas, and transportation operations crews to manage security through a virtual display of the network.

All DOE cybersecurity efforts align with the Roadmap to Achieve Energy Delivery Systems Cybersecurity, jointly developed with energy sector companies. The Roadmap outlines a strategic framework over the next decade to design, install, operate, and maintain a resilient energy delivery system capable of surviving a cyber-incident while sustaining critical functions.

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