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.
Jay Johnson, Sandia National Laboratories
Tom Tansy, Chairman
Technical Standards Influencing Our Work
We may influence standards 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).
This work group is open to members and qualified non-members who have completed the limited participation agreement. Members may enroll through the Member Portal under ‘work groups’.
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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
Work Group Teamwork Shared Space (must be registered to access, contact email@example.com)
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION Actions Needed to Address Significant Cybersecurity Risks Facing the Electric Grid
Certification Procedures for Data and Communications Security of DER
EPRI Security Architecture for the Distributed Energy Resources Integration Network: Risk-based Approach for Network Design
Recommendations for Trust and Encryption in DER Interoperability Standards [SAND2019-1490]
Roadmap for Photovoltaic Cyber Security [SAND2017-13262]