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New IEEE TR-105 Report: Towards Integrating Cyber and Physical Security for a More Reliable, Resilient, and Secure Energy Sector

Piscataway, N.J. – 21 December 2022 – IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization advancing technology for humanity, is committed to supporting a global response to climate change. A newly released IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) report titled Towards Integrating Cyber and Physical Security for a More Reliable, Resilient, and Secure Energy Sector, provides a foundation for establishing the concept of “security integration,” which attempts to begin addressing these risks through a more integrated approach for cyber and physical security into the planning, design, and operational phases of the bulk power system. This report was created under the direction and guidance of a joint task force of IEEE members and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC).

The IEEE PES Industry Technical Support Leadership Committee (ITSLC) provides support to and cooperates with governments, regulators, and other industry organizations globally on technical issues related to power, energy, and policy topics. This report is the culmination of work through a collaborative effort between NERC, IEEE, ERO and industry representatives. It addresses the following topics:

  • Cyber and Physical Security Threats
  • Planning- Integrating Security with Transmission Planning
  • Design- Integration of Cyber and Physical Security with BPS Design
  • Operations- Integrating Security with System Operations and Restorations
  • Securely Integrating Emerging Technologies


It is intended for the broader audience including planners, design engineers, system operators, utilities, academics, vendors, policy makers, and regulators.

“As the digitization across the electric power grid is rapidly increasing, so are cyber and physical threats. This timely report is aimed at informing the industry on the integration of cyber and physical security into the engineering practices of planning, designing, operating and restoration activities of the grid which will enable enhanced reliability, resilience, and security of the bulk power system in the future. I would like to thank the NERC team in leading this effort in collaboration with IEEE PES Technical Committee Members and other subject matter experts across various industry segments.” Murty V.V.S. Yalla, IEEE Life Fellow, Chair PSRC committee and member of ITSLC

“As the grid continues to transform, as the attack surface expands, and as emerging technologies are introduced to the electricity sector, it is increasingly important that cyber and physical security controls be more holistically integrated into conventional engineering practices.” Ryan D. Quint, IEEE Senior Member, Director of Engineering and Security Integration, NERC 


The technical report is available for download to all—IEEE members and non-members—at the IEEE PES Resource Center.  


About IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) 

The IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) is the leading provider of scientific and engineering information on electric power & energy for the betterment of society and a trusted resource dedicated to the technical, informational, networking and professional development needs of its members. With over 40,000 members around the globe representing every facet of the electric power and energy industry, PES is at the forefront of the rapidly changing technological advancements that impact everyone’s future. Additional information on IEEE PES can be found at: 

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