Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Livermore Laboratory explores and develops innovative technologies and approaches to enhance the resiliency of U.S. infrastructure to physical, cyber, and environmental threats. This includes:

  • Identification of vulnerabilities
  • Science-based, threat-informed risk analysis
  • Analysis of mitigation options
  • Design, testing, and pilot deployment of mitigations
  • Infrastructure architecture enhancement to improve efficiency, resilience, and reliability

Laboratory scientists leverage programs and connections with the Department of Energy, the Department of Homeland Security, industry, and the State of California.

The Laboratory's cyber and infrastructure program includes the following:

Civilian Cyber Security

We apply Laboratory core strengths in high performance computing, data analytics, and threat awareness to enhance the security and resiliency of civilian networks and critical infrastructure to cyber threats. Our work in this area includes modeling and simulation, threat detection, situational awareness, software assurance, risk analysis, threat anticipation, and assessments.

Energy Infrastructure

We enable the secure, resilient, reliable, and sustainable design and operation of the nation’s infrastructure systems now and into the future through the application of LLNL core strengths in systems engineering, high performance computing, and data analytics. Our work in this area includes: advanced infrastructure modeling and simulation, cross infrastructure data informatics for operational intelligence, and risk and multihazard analysis.

Borders and Physical Security

We support the definition, quantification, and mitigatation of physical threats to infrastructure and border security through analysis and sophisticated modeling and simulation capabilities. Our work in this area includes: tactics and technology analysis, security plan analysis and testing, and training and rehearsal.

Water Security and Technology

We develop technologies and approaches to protect the nation’s water infrastructure and meet the increasing demand for clean water. Our work in this area includes: low-energy water production and management technologies, regional climate projections, and modeling and simulation of water sources and infrastructure.

Energy Flow Charts

Livermore is charting the complex relationships among energy, water, and carbon.

The Threat

Cyber attacks on federal networks and agencies as well as critical infrastructure today are under constant cyber attack. For example, in 2015 the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced that its network had been breached and as many as 21.4 million people were affected. In 2016 alone, government agencies reported over 30,000 cyber attacks, of which 16 were categorized as “major incidents.” It is estimated that in 2016 U.S. consumers lost nearly $30 billion to cyber crimes.

Now attacks on dams, power plants, power grids, and other critical infrastructure with intent to cause physical damage are on the rise. Attacks on the Ukraine’s power grid in 2015 and 2016 demonstrated that groups affiliated with nation states have the capability to cause power outages via cyber means. Such attacks could be much more detrimental to the U.S. because our “smart” power grid relies heavily on automated control.

“The threat of a catastrophic and damaging cyberattack in the United States critical infrastructure like our power or financial networks is actually becoming less hypothetical every day.” ᑜMichael Rogers, National Security Administration Director and Navy Admiral. Significant research and development is needed to ensure the security and resiliency of our civilian networks and critical infrastructure.