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Illinois Lt. Governor Sanguinetti visits ITI power grid testbed

ITI Director David Nicol, Illinois Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti, ITI Associate Director for Technology Tim Yardley and Policy Director Brian Costin from the Lt. Governor's office.
ITI Director David Nicol, Illinois Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti, ITI Associate Director for Technology Tim Yardley and Policy Director Brian Costin from the Lt. Governor's office.
Illinois Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti visited the Information Trust Institute on Tuesday, February 21, to discuss the work of three programs -- the Cyber Resilient Energy Delivery Consortium (CREDC), the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI), and the Cyber-Physical Experimentation Environment for RADICS (CEER) -- in protecting critical infrastructures.

Sanguinetti met with ITI Director David Nicol and ITI Associate Director for Technology Tim Yardley, who led a tour of the Cyber-Physical Systems Lab, a testbed for power grid security research. Nicol leads CREDC and CIRI, and Yardley heads up CEER.

CREDC, a $28.1 million program led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, is working to improve the resilience and security of the cyber networks that serve as the backbone of the infrastructure that delivers energy – known as energy delivery systems (EDS) – particularly in the electric grid and oil & gas sectors. Working in close collaboration with industry partners, CREDC aims to create a channel through which foundational research will lead to short-term and mid-term solutions for the marketplace. The consortium consists of 12 universities and national laboratories.

ITI Associate Director for Technology Tim Yardley, Illinois Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti and ITI Director David Nicol
ITI Associate Director for Technology Tim Yardley, Illinois Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti and ITI Director David Nicol

CIRI, funded through a $20 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, conducts research and education that enhances the resiliency of the nation’s critical infrastructures. A significant focus of CIRI is on transitioning research outputs for use by DHS operational components, other homeland security end users, policy makers, decision makers across all levels of industry and government, and community leaders. It is led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with collaborators from other U.S. universities and national labs.

Through the $18.7 million CEER project, researchers are building testbed on which prospective techniques and tools can be developed, refined, and validated in a context with unprecedented system fidelity. The DARPA-funded initiative applies the fruits of state-of-the-art modeling to a synthetic, but realistic, dynamic grid state.