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In an October 8 Federal Register notice, The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking cooperative research partners to develop products and technical expertise for secure and interoperable energy-related internet-of-things (IoT) devices.

Organizations that are selected will participate in a use case that tests new methods for securing connected devices in the U.S. energy industrial sector, including sensors other devices that transmit data from distribution control systems.

The primary focus for this initiative is to secure data exchanges from solar panels, wind turbines and other energy-sector machinery. NIST will explore the cybersecurity risks in order to identify better ways to detect and mitigate malware infections, identity methods for improving the integrity of command and operational data and create new analytics to help owners and operators do their jobs more safely.

According to the notice, NIST wants example solutions that use only “existing, commercially available and/or open-source cybersecurity products.” Desired capabilities include access control techniques, technologies that can protect data at rest or in transit and detect data integrity violations, machine-learning powered analytics and behavioral monitoring, data visualization, distributed audit trails, network monitoring and federated authentication techniques.

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