Byzantine Security — Multi-layered Intrusion Tolerant Byzantine Architecture for Bulk Power System Protective Relays


This project aims to explore applications of a Byzantine Fault Tolerant (BFT) architecture in combination with Machine Learning (ML/AI) methods to ensure that the bulk power system, including protective relays in the transmission grid, and associated substation and control center systems, can perform intrusion tolerant operations.

This project is funded by several offices within the U.S. Department of Energy under the auspices of the DOE Grid Modernization Initiative. The project is led by PNNL.

Principal Investigator at LBNL:

Sean Peisert (PI at LBNL)

Publications resulting from this project:

James R. Clavin, Yue Huang, Xin Wang, Pradeep M. Prakash, Sisi Duan, Jianwu Wang, and Sean Peisert, “A Framework for Evaluating BFT,” Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Systems (ICPADS), December 14–16, 2021.

This project is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Grid Modernization Initiative.

More information is available on other Berkeley Lab R&D projects focusing on cybersecurity in general, as well as specifically on cybersecurity for energy delivery systems.