$10M Grant Fuels Auburn's Grid Cybersecurity Hub to Counter National Threats

April 24, 2024
$10M Grant Fuels Auburn's Grid Cybersecurity Hub to Counter National Threats
  • The McCrary Institute at Auburn University has been granted $10 million by the Department of Energy to create a cybersecurity center focused on the electrical grid.

  • The new Southeast Region Cybersecurity Collaboration Center (SERC3) will be a joint effort with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and will involve private sector, academia, and government collaboration.

  • SERC3 is tasked with addressing the cybersecurity workforce shortage and will train specialists in cyber-physical systems, focusing on the energy sector.

  • The initiative will conduct research and develop new technologies to protect U.S. infrastructure from cyber threats, with a particular emphasis on nation-state actors like China.

  • The center also plans to evaluate cyber risks in the energy sector and determine the most effective risk mitigation projects to enhance security.

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