Currently, utility companies in North America have procedures and capacity to handle localized power outages caused by events such as extreme weather and high usage on hot days. However, there aren't any tools available to resolve the type of widespread outages that can be caused using malware.
The goal of the TIGR project is to develop tools that can be rapidly deployed after an attack has occurred. The tools will support resilient power recovery within three days and full restoration after seven days. Today's generators have limited ability to supply power beyond seven days, making this timeframe critical for ensuring minimal disruption to the civilian power infrastructure.
"Reacting to a power crisis caused by a cyberattack requires a rapid, reliable and resilient response that presents complex challenges," said Michael Locasto, Ph.D., senior computer scientist at SRI International and principal investigator for the project. "Our team's combined expertise makes us uniquely qualified to develop tools that support rapid and trustworthy power restoration. Through the combination of domain experience, agility, and research expertise, the team's goal is to provide tools that significantly strengthen power grid resilience over the next decade."
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