Smart Grid Security Threats and How to Combat Them
The vision of the smart grid is to break down barriers between transmission and distribution, communications and back office systems to create a fully integrated network that provides diagnosis and resolution of problems as they arise and enables real time exchange of information between the utility and its customers.
Although smart grid security regulations and standards will continue to evolve as smart grid technology develops, utilities cannot afford to wait until standards are finalized to begin developing their smart grid implementation strategy and plan.
This report on Cyber Security and the Smart Grid looks at the potential security threats faced by the smart grid in the near future, and how to mitigate them.
Threats to the smart grid can be classified into three broad groups – system level threats that attempt to take down the grid, attempts to steal electrical service, and attempts to compromise the confidentiality of data on the system
Publication Date: February 2010
Publisher: Energy Business Reports
Table of Contents
Introduction to Smart Grid
What is the Smart Grid?
Who is developing the Smart Grid?
Technologies Involved in the Smart Grid and What They Offer
Power Grid Management
Customer Power Management
Importance of Wireless Technology to the Smart Grid
Smart Grid and Personal Information
Privacy Issues with the Smart Grid
Benefits of a Smart Grid
Cyber Security in the Electric System
Building a Strategy for Smart Grid Cyber Security
Security Fundamentals of the Smart Grid
Looking at the Threats Facing the Smart Grid
Looking at System-level Threats
Problem of Theft of Service
Privacy and Confidentiality Threats
Security Challenges Facing the Smart Grid
Internet Protocol and Smart Grid Security
Vulnerabilities Facing the Smart Grid
Security of the Substation
Use of Public Telecom Infrastructure
Network Management from Remote Nodes
Lack of Authentication
Slave Meter Data Tampering
Slave Meter Unauthorized Disconnection
Insecure Protocol Implementation
Firmware Upgrade Vulnerabilities
Security of the Current Smart Grid
Securing the Wireless Network
Considering Potential Attack Scenarios
Present Risk of Attack
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