SunSpec / Sandia DER Cybersecurity Work Group

The mission of the SunSpec / Sandia DER Cybersecurity Work Group is to support the deployment of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) by defining best practices in cybersecurity for DER and driving the concepts that emerge from these best practices into relevant national and international standards. To contribute effectively, participants should review the revised IEEE Std. 1547 as it pertains to communication and interoperability.

Group Leaders

Project Leader(s):

Nicholas Manka, SCADA and Security Consultant, GridSME
Ifeoma Onunkwo, Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories

SunSpec Representative:

Tom Tansy, Chairman

Technical Standards Influencing Our Work

Some of the international standards we may reference or influence include those published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), International Electrotechnical Committee (IEC), Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the International Standards Organization (ISO), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Internal/Interagency Reports (NISTIR), North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), CIGRE (International Council on Large Electric Systems) Reports, Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT), and the Information Security Forum (ISF).

Meeting Scheduled

Data In Flight Sub-Workgroup Meeting

Thursday, November 7, 9am PT.  Contact membership@sunspec.org to enroll in the Workgroup and receive call coordinates.

Work Group Format

The SunSpec/Sandia DER Cybersecurity Workgroup operates parallel meeting tracks to advance the state of the art in Distributed Energy Resource (DER) cybersecurity:

  • Public webinars held every other month to disseminate knowledge pertaining to securing data communication networks that link DER to utilities and other counter parties
  • Invitation-only sub-workgroup meetings of experts that convene on a more frequent schedule to define best practices and standards in particular DER cybersecurity areas.

To contribute effectively, participants should review the revised IEEE Std. 1547 as it pertains to communication and interoperability. Initial work focuses on issues surfaced by recent changes to California (Rule 21) and Hawaii (Rule 14H).

Resources and Publications