Core Sector: Critical Infrastructure and Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity Baselines for Electric Distribution Systems and DER

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners has partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER) to develop a set of cybersecurity baselines for electric distribution systems and distributed energy resources (DER) that connect to them. This initiative recognizes that cybersecurity is an integral underpinning of power system resilience and builds on work that states have undertaken over the last decade to mitigate cybersecurity risk across their critical infrastructures.

These baselines, coupled with the forthcoming implementation guidance, are intended as resources for state public utility commissions, utilities, and DER operators and aggregators. These resources encourage alignment across states who choose to adopt the baselines to mitigate cybersecurity risk and enhance grid security. NARUC convened a steering group of regulatory, cyber, and industry experts from across the sector to ensure a wide range of perspectives were considered.