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Cybersecurity in Energy Infrastructure: The Value of Open Source Software

By November 28, 2023Blog
Cybersecurity in Energy Infrastructure

In an era where our dependence on digital systems is profound, the energy sector stands at a pivotal juncture. As the energy landscape undergoes a transformative shift driven by the urgency to address climate change, consumer demands, distributed energy resources, and the rise of energy electrification, the role of cybersecurity becomes paramount. LF Energy and OpenSSF released a new whitepaper on how open source software is critical to the innovation and transformation of our energy infrastructure. Contrary to common misconceptions, OSS offers not just affordability and adaptability but also a robust shield against cyber threats.

Cybersecurity in Energy Infrastructure

This transformation is reshaping how we produce, distribute, and consume energy. However, with digital advancements come challenges, including interoperability and cybersecurity. Open source’s transparent nature, coupled with a vast community of developers, ensures rapid innovation, high software quality, and most importantly, robust security. Since security starts with a solid foundation and processes, the whitepaper covers best practices for open source development with a focus on four key areas:

  • The Evolution of Energy Systems 
  • The Role of Open Source in the Energy
  • Current State of Cybersecurity in Energy
  • Best Practices in Open Source for Cybersecurity

For more information, download the whitepaper.

Innovating together, the energy sector can meet the challenges of today for a bright future.

This post represents the views of the authors & does not necessarily reflect those of all OpenSSF members.