Cybersecurity Deployment Strategies

NREL's work in developing cybersecurity deployment strategies allows researchers to perform system evaluations, provide training environments to partners and customers, and support workforce development for the future grid's cyber defenders.

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The Advanced Research on Integrated Energy Systems (ARIES) Cyber Range provides system-level security evaluation for bulk power renewables and distributed energy systems. The cyber range simulates complex energy systems for the evaluation of emerging threats, natural hazards, and impacts of energy disruption. The cyber range supports proactive defense and automated response, improved situational awareness, and telecommunications innovation.


The U.S. Department of Energy CyberForce competition challenges college students to protect imagined businesses from simulated cyberattacks. Using critical infrastructure-focused, real-world scenarios, the competition helps participants improve their understanding of cyber-physical threats, vulnerabilities, and consequences. NREL is proud to be a host of the competition and support the next generation of cyber-energy defenders.


The NREL Cyber Range, NREL Fact Sheet (2021)

NREL's Cyber-Energy Emulation Platform for Research and System Visualization, NREL Technical Report (2020)

Artificial Intelligence and Critical Systems: From Hype to Reality, IEEE Computer (2020)


Our technologies and laboratory capabilities support our partners in securing their own operations and developing the next innovations in cybersecurity. Learn more about partnering with NREL.