A substantial and prolonged disruption of electric power would have profound economic and human costs for the United States. From a defense perspective, a major power outage could hamper military mobilization and logistics and impair the capability to project force.
The goal of the Rapid Attack Detection, Isolation and Characterization Systems (RADICS) program is to enable black start recovery of the power grid amidst a cyber-attack on the U.S. energy sector’s critical infrastructure. RADICS research is developing technology that cybersecurity personnel, power engineers, and first responders can utilize to accelerate restoration of cyber-impacted electrical systems. Program technologies will seek to accelerate recovery by maintaining situational awareness, enabling network isolation, and rapidly characterizing cyber-attacks:
The RADICS program is developing a testbed and exercise format to enable evaluation and improvement of technologies as they are developed. RADICS research is coordinated with other U.S. government departments and agencies that focus on power grid cybersecurity.
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