The modernization of the electrical grid is creating a platform for innovation that will enable new opportunities for job creation and economic development.  Simultaneously, these modernizations drive new research questions and present new risks and challenges, particularly in the area of cyber security.  In this issue of ISTC Catalyst, we showcase the ongoing efforts at research institutions in Illinois and highlight the innovative work being done to improve cyber infrastructure.

The assessment frameworks more commonly applied to the safety and stability of America’s physical infrastructure are now being directed toward cyber infrastructure and the trustiworthiness of information.  As our nation transitions to a digitally enabled grid, that thrives on two-way communication between generators, transmitters, distributors and end users, the protection and management of these systems and their data is a paramount concern.  Confidence in a smarter grid is critical to our economy and society.  Dramatic societal and economic advances can result from trustworthy systems; just look at the rapid growth of e-commerce.  Conversely, the loss of public trust could have devastating economic and social consequences.

Illinois-based institutions are central to the global dialogue on information trust and cyber security, playing a leading role in the development of critical applications for infrastructure and homeland defense; mapping the connection between physical and cyber security, and designing resilient cyber infrastructure which operates through and responds to attacks.

To learn more about the work being performed in Illinois to create a more efficient and secure cyber-infrastructure please read further in this edition of ISTC Catalyst

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