October 12, 2015 10:36 PM EDT

The Department of Energy is dedicating over $34 million to the establishment of two major research endeavors aimed at protecting the nation’s power grid against hackers and other cyber threats.

“Cybersecurity is one of the most serious challenges facing grid modernization, which is why maintaining a robust, ever-growing pipeline of cutting-edge technologies is essential to helping the energy sector continue adapting to the evolving landscape,” the DOE’s Patricia Hoffman said in a press release.

Some $12.2 million will go to a research center led by the University of Arkansas, while another $22.5 million will be shared among the members of the…

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