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Dartmouth College Receives $925,000 Cybersecurity Grant



Valley News Correspondent
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Hanover — Dartmouth College has received nearly $1 million from the Cyber Resilient Energy Delivery Consortium as part of its $28.1 million effort to create and foster cyber-attack resistant systems for electric power and oil and gas industries.

The consortium includes 11 national laboratories and universities and is led by the University of Illinois. It is a successor to earlier efforts to create trustworthy cyber infrastructure for the power grid. Dartmouth has been a partner in the project since the beginning 10 years ago, according to a news release from the college.

The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Dartmouth’s $925,000 grant “will improve the protection of the U.S. electric grid and oil and natural gas infrastructure from cyber threats,” according to a statement from the Energy Department posted on Dartmouth’s website.

Computer Science professor Sean Smith, director of Dartmouth’s Institute for Security, Technology and Society, along with research associate professor and ISTS chief security adviser Sergey Bratus, are spearheading the effort for Dartmouth.

“Professor Bratus and I — along with our students — will be continuing and expanding our work, looking at security issues in the cyber-physical system that is the smart grid, with relevance to the emerging Internet of Things,” Smith said in the release.

The Internet of Things, as defined on Darmouth’s website, refers to the interconnection of devices including smartphones, home appliances and more. With more devices connected in grids and networks, the more vulnerable they become to cyber-attacks, which increases the need to protect the infrastructure that powers daily life, including the electric, oil and gas industries.