The energy sector is entering a period of significant change, driven by new technologies, evolving customer needs, environmental imperatives, regulatory drivers, and an increasingly complex set of requirements. Amongst a range of stakeholders, there is mutual interest in moving the industry towards a secure, clean, affordable, and prosperous future. The industry has a unique opportunity to modernize infrastructure and facilitate industry evolution and the deployment of advanced technology solutions, creating economic opportunity and an improved customer experience. The grid of the future will have many more interconnected distributed energy resources and devices. Connecting these systems that are out of the control of the Utility with distributed energy resource technologies in a secure manner is pivotal to the transition process.