The US Department of Energy said it has granted 11 awards totaling approximately USD30m for the development of new tools and technologies to strengthen protection of the nation´s electric grid and oil and gas infrastructure from cyber-attack, including an award of USD3.25m to ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT).
The company will work closely with Southern California Edison and a large utility headquartered in the South to investigate, develop, and deploy an enhancement to ViaSat´s critical infrastructure protection system that incorporates policy-based automated responses to cyber events, increasing the resiliency of transmission and distribution networks.
ViaSat´s cybersecurity system focuses on securing utilities´ operational grids, enabling energy, water, oil and gas, and transportation operations crews to manage security through a virtual display of the network. The system implements an authenticated and encrypted “security fabric” that protects machine to machine communications between devices, and provides grid operators with the ability to visualize the security state of the system. Sensors continually update the information in real time, creating a hierarchical view that operators can use to identify issues, then drill down to individual nodes to contain or fix problems as they arise.
ViaSat delivers fast, secure communications, Internet, and network access to virtually any location for consumers, governments, enterprises, and the military. Based in Carlsbad, California, ViaSat employs over 2,900 people in a number of locations worldwide for technology development, customer service, and network operations. The company´s website is at www.viasat.com.