- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

MIAMI (AP) - Researchers from Florida International University are teaming up with four other universities and a utility company to help safeguard the nation’s power utilities from cyber-attacks.

The U.S. Department of Energy is spending $12.2 million on the project. Researchers will address vulnerabilities and challenges in delivery systems of the U.S. power grid. Their goal is to protect hardware assets, make systems less susceptible to attacks and provide reliable delivery of power if an attack was to occur.

The team is led by faculty from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and also includes faculty from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Carnegie Mellon University and Lehigh University. Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation will serve as an industry partner.

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