College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Iowa State engineers protect the power grid

Iowa State engineers Doug Jacobson and Manimaran Govindarasu have built the “PowerCyber” testbed to help researchers, industry engineers and students learn to protect the cyber security of the power grid. The testbed will do vulnerability analysis, risk assessment, attack-defense evaluations and other tests. The end goal is to help create a future electric power grid that is secure and resilient.

Iowa State engineers build cyber security testbed to help protect the power grid

It’s easy to think of the electrical grid as the power plants, the high voltage lines, the transmission towers, the substations and all the low-voltage distribution lines that bring power to our homes and businesses.An attack on that grid would involve getting out and cutting lines or dropping towers.