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Title: Enhancing Energy Systems Cybersecurity using Blockchain - SBIR Final Phase I Report

Abstract

The goal of this SBIR research has been to investigate blockchain technology and its applications in the fossil fuel sector - with a focus on how this technology could be leveraged to improve the cybersecurity of these systems. The primary tasks that we carried out involved evaluating existing blockchain technology, identifying relevant and compelling use cases, researching the integration of blockchain technology into industrial systems, and the design and implementation of a proof of concept system. A key finding is that within industrial systems where many parties are involved, trust can be lacking. By providing technology that assures verifiable trust in the data, many processes may be able to be automated. We believe that verifiable trust in the data can only be provided if we trust the data from "cradle to grave." This means that we need to secure the systems that are creating the data, moving the data, and storing the data. The last of these is provided by blockchain. Blockchain technology will not only improve security and trust within these systems, in some cases it will also be able increase the operational tempo of some processes significantly. We are vendors of commercial communications software that is based uponmore » the Open Management Group (OMG) data distribution service (DDS) standard; it secures data in motion. In addition to many defense, transportation, and medical systems, it is running in oil, gas, and coal systems. Over the course of this effort we have come to believe that blockchain technology could be an important enabler for this sector: we have engaged with a number of our customers and identified several compelling use cases beyond cryptocurrencies, which we document further within this report. Furthermore, as it turns out, we believe that many of these use cases are relevant across a wide swath of industries. This analysis provides necessary and important foundational work that could lead to new ways of securing oil and gas processing, and coal mining infrastructure against cyber threats.« less

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Real-Time Innovations, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Real-Time Innovations, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Fossil Energy (FE)
OSTI Identifier:
1427571
Report Number(s):
RTI-DOE-P1-DE-SC0017697-Final-Report
DOE Contract Number:  
SC0017697
Type / Phase:
SBIR (Phase I)
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
97 MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING; 99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS; 45 MILITARY TECHNOLOGY, WEAPONRY, AND NATIONAL DEFENSE; blockchain; distributed ledgers; data assurance; cybersecurity; data distribution service; DDS; industrial control; smart contracts

Citation Formats

Pazandak, Paul. Enhancing Energy Systems Cybersecurity using Blockchain - SBIR Final Phase I Report. United States: N. p., 2018. Web.
Pazandak, Paul. Enhancing Energy Systems Cybersecurity using Blockchain - SBIR Final Phase I Report. United States.
Pazandak, Paul. Wed . "Enhancing Energy Systems Cybersecurity using Blockchain - SBIR Final Phase I Report". United States.
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