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Overview

The RCES Center develops defense-in-depth cyber, cyber-physical, and energy security processes, capabilities, products, and services, and delivers those to market via a combination of strategic partners and licensors.

Wherever possible, our development adheres to standards developed and enforced by national and international regulatory, compliance, and standards bodies. We are active participants in The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) which is a membership-based organization explicitly established to support National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in its fulfillment of its responsibilities pursuant to the Energy Interdependence and Security Act of 2007 (“EISA”). NIST is a non-regulatory agency dedicated to promoting U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. The SGIP enables energy industry stakeholders to collaborate on the ongoing coordination, acceleration, and harmonization of standards development for the Smart Grid.

A vital set of guidelines published by NIST is the NIST Interagency Report (NISTIR) 7628, Guidelines for Smart Grid Cyber Security. NISTIR 7628 was developed by the SGIP's Cyber Security Work Group (CSWG), and is the product of nearly 800 experts from across the Smart Grid spectrum. The RCES Center's research and development strives to follow the guidance provided by NISTIR 7628.

To ensure compliance and interoperability, The RCES Center also incorporates in our development guidance, best practices and standards published by a wide range of organizations such as:
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
  • National Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC)
  • American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
  • International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)
  • National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
  • National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC)
The RCES Center also works closely with numerous national government stakeholders, following guidance from and collaborating with:
  • Department of Defense (DoD)
  • Department of Energy (DoE)
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)