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DOE selects team to improve cyber security

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Veracity Industrial Networks has announced that it is part of a three-company team that the US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected to develop a secure networking solution that reduces cyber attacks against US industrial and utility networks.

The team, which includes engineers from Veracity, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Inc. (SEL) and Sempra Renewables, will focus on developing technology to reduce cyber attacks aimed at energy delivery systems.

The companies will use new Ethernet communications technology designed to keep systems operational when under cyber attack.

The project includes automating the identification of unwanted network behaviour and outside intrusion, the containment of affected network areas and the rerouting of critical information.

The ultimate goal is for energy critical delivery and control systems to remain safe and operational, especially in the event of a cyber attack.

Paul Myer, Veracity's CEO, said: "We look forward to collaborating with our colleagues at SEL and Sempra in developing state-of-the-art network protections to industries and utilities such as the US power grid […] Our team is proud to be working for the DOE in the national interest toward preventing hackers from causing catastrophic disruptions to US industrial and utility infrastructures."

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