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Securing Distributed Energy Systems with NREL's DERCF (Text Version)

This is the text version of the video "Securing Distributed Energy Systems with NREL's DERCF."

Video opens with a shot of NREL's South Table Mesa Campus with binary code and a grid digitally animated on top. The voice of a narrator speaks off-screen.

Narrator: Our lives depend on the successful transmission of digital information.

Video cuts to a person in a field looking at a phone with the binary code still animated over the top. Two small frames in the shot display a news feed and a list of emails.

Narrator: From getting news to email and the latest updates sent to our phones, to the commands and controls that keep our energy systems running.

Video fades to a digital animated of an energy system that include wind turbines, power transmission poles, homes, battery energy storage, and a geothermal power plant.

Narrator: As our energy systems become more distributed, information is constantly travelling among…

Video cuts to an overhead shot of houses being built with solar panels on the rooves. The binary code and grid are again digitally animated on top of the shot.

Narrator: …solar panels…

Video cuts to a shot of wind turbines in a field with the binary code and grid digitally animated on top.

Narrator: …wind farms…

Video cuts to a shot of an electric vehicle charging in a driveway with the binary code and grid digitally animated on top.

Narrator: …electric cars…

Video cuts to a shot of a city with the binary code and grid digitally animated on top.

Narrator: …and the grid.

Video fades back to the animation of the energy system. A word box appears over the top that says, "Distributed Energy Resources." The words then shorten and change to "DERs."

Narrator: And with this rise in distributed energy resources, or DERs, comes the critical responsibility of securing them.

Video cuts to a digital animation of a lock shaped like a shield with lines of data surrounding it.

Narrator: Because DERs are connected to our electric grid…

Video cuts to a close-up shot of fingers typing on a keyboard.

Narrator: …a lot of things can be compromised…

Video cuts to a close-up shot of a computer screen being reflected in someone's glasses.

Narrator: …if a hacker were to gain access.

Video cuts to an aerial shot of city lights at night. A text box appears over the top that says, "Power outages."

Narrator: A cyber attack could cause power outages…

Video cuts to an image of television static with a text box over the top that says, "Disrupt Critical Infrastructure."

Narrator: …disrupt critical infrastructure…

Video cuts to digital animation of code with a text box over the top that says, "Leak Valuable Information."

Narrator: …leak valuable information…

Video cuts to digital animation of red stock data with a text box over the top that says, "Lead to Financial Loss."

Narrator: …or lead to financial loss.

Video cuts to an animated screen of a grid. Over the top are seven smaller video frames with each one showing a different researcher.

Narrator: To combat these potential threats, a cyber-defending research team at NREL…

The smaller video frames fade away to show just the animated screen of a grid. A text box appears that says, "Distributed Energy Resources" that then changes to say, "DER Cybersecurity Framework." The words once again change to say, "DERCF."

Narrator: …created the Distributed Energy Resources Cybersecurity Framework, or DERCF.

The text box then changes to say, "Comprehensive Assessment Tool," while screenshots of web pages appear and fade away around the text box.

Narrator: The DERCF is a comprehensive assessment tool that focuses on three key areas for evaluation…

The text box fades away and is replaced by three animated icons: a government building, a computer, and a lock. Each icon has text underneath them that say, "Governance," "Technical Management," and "Physical Security" respectively.

Narrator: …cyber governance or policies, technical management, and physical security.

Video cuts to a shot of fingers typing on a keyboard then quickly cuts to a close-up shot of a researcher looking at lines of code on a computer screen.

Narrator: It's designed to improve your energy networks…

Video cuts to a close-up shot of data rapidly changing on a computer screen.

Narrator: …by pinpointing gaps in cybersecurity…

Video cuts to researchers in a room working on computers. Video then cuts to a close-up shot of the log-in screen for the DERCF website.

Narrator: …and identifying what actions you can take…

Video cuts to close-up shots of various pages of the online interface of the DERCF website.

Narrator: …to address those gaps .It works by guiding you through an assessment step-by-step with an easy-to-follow interface, so that you'll know how far you've gone and how many steps remain.

Video cuts to a shot of a researcher alone in a room in front of large computer screens displaying the DERCF online interface.

Narrator: The final result: view your score. What will your cybersecurity posture look like?

Video cuts back to close-up shots of the DERCF online interface.

Narrator: Room for improvement? Don't worry.

Video cuts to a shot of a researcher pointing at data on the DERCF online interface that is displayed on a large screen.

Narrator: The DERCF will point you in the right direction with recommended actions to boost your score.

Video cuts to a shot of researchers at a desk looking at a digital rendering on NREL's cyber energy emulation platform on a large screen.

Narrator: By evaluating your own distributed energy system…

Video cuts to a close-up shot of the animation on the cyber energy emulation platform.

Narrator: …you can help ensure the renewable energy assets…

Video fades to a digital animation of various renewable energy technologies. An animated lock appears over the top.

Narrator: …of our grid are protected, which is especially important…

Smaller screens showing various researchers and renewable energy sources, including solar panels and wind turbines, appear on top of the digital animation.

Narrator: …as more renewable are brought online. And you'll rest easy knowing your not just using more sustainable energy sources, but you're doing so in a way…

The smaller screens slide off-screen one by one leaving just the digital animation of various renewable energy assets.

Narrator: …that's safer and more secure.

The video fades to a black screen with the NREL logo. Text on the screen says, "Transforming Energy" and "DERCF.NREL.GOV."

Narrator: Learn more at dercf.nrel.gov.

Video fades to black.