Power Grid Corporation of India Limited, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), and the Foundation for Science, Innovation and Development (FSID) at IISc have entered into a partnership to establish the POWERGRID Centre of Excellence in Cybersecurity in Power Transmission and Grid Operation.
This will be a nodal centre and a think tank where cybersecurity experts from academia, national R&D labs, and the industry will work together to address cybersecurity concerns related to power grids, said an IISc statement.
K Sreekant, CMD, Power Grid Corporation, said- “Cybersecurity in transmission and grid operations is critical in today’s digital era. Development of robust defence against cybersecurity is of paramount importance in maintaining reliable power supply. Continuous and collaborative research involving academia and industry for development of cyber resilient systems as well as capacity building is the need of the hour towards creating a safe and secure grid. ”
“POWERGRID, the largest transmission utility of the country, is happy to associate with the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, for setting up the POWERGRID Centre of Excellence in Cybersecurity. POWERGRID is committed to provide funding to the extent of Rs 119.02 crores over the next 10 years and also depute its industry experts to this centre to bolster research in this area,” announced Sreekant.
Thanking the public sector undertaking for its support, Prof Govindan Rangarajan, Director, IISc, said- “At IISc, our objective is to work with the industry to deliver cutting-edge research that can solve imminent problems for the industry. We are thankful for the support from POWERGRID to establish this Centre of Excellence in an area that is of critical interest to the entire nation.” (India Science Wire)