Got plans for the summer? Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dartmouth College, Cornell University, the University of California at Davis and Washington State University are addressing the challenge of how to protect the nation’s power grid by improving the way the power grid infrastructure is built, making it more secure, reliable and safe. Together, these institutions make up The Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid (TCIPG) Center, a Department of Energy-funded project, with support from the Department of Homeland Security. TCIPG is hosting its third summer school for utility and industry practitioners, researchers and students to attend and explore the nexus between electrical energy systems and cybersecurity on June 17-21, 2013, at the Q Center in St. Charles, Illinois.

The program is designed to provide an essential background in the basics of security and resiliency for cyber infrastructure in power and smart grids. Participants will also gain an understanding of the smarter energy system evolving from the power grid, as well as associated cybersecurity challenges. An optional hands-on training lab for SCADA security assessment, as well as many other topics will be explored, including:

  • Smart Grid Vulnerabilities
  • Secure Network Architecture for Control Systems
  • Security Testing, Assessment and Validation of Devices in Utility Environments
  • Security-aware Modeling and Simulation of Grid Systems
  • Renewables and Resiliency in Microgrids
  • Military Microgrids and SPIDERS Implementation
  • Approaches and Challenges in Vehicle-to-Grid Systems
  • Advanced Techniques for Security Assessment
  • Security Testing Framework for Utilities

This detailed agenda provides more information on the summer school.