Smart Grid Cyber Security and Privacy

Symposium Co-chairs

George W. Arnold, NIST, USA
Kwang-Cheng Chen, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Mike Ahmadi, Codenomicon
Qiyan Wang, Symantec Research Labs, USA

Scope and Motivation

The emerging Smart Grid vision is of an interconnected power distribution network that streamlines transmission, distribution, monitoring, and control of electricity. This vision is being realized through the design and implementation of an information network overlaying the traditional power grid. Robust and secure communications and information management is essential to all aspects of the Smart Grid. Key applications include collection of data from millions of endpoints such as smart meters and distribution automation devices; data aggregation and analysis; SCADA communications; substation networking; phasor measurement unit data concentration, and analysis; cloud-based load aggregation and demand response services; enterprise and operations support systems such as outage management, etc. Cybersecurity vulnerabilities might allow an attacker to penetrate a network, gain access to control software, and alter load conditions to destabilize the grid in unpredictable ways. Cybersecurity for the Smart Grid must address means of prevention to reduce the risk of threats and vulnerabilities; detection to identify anomalous behavior and intrusions; response to initiate immediate actions to mitigate effects of an incident; and recovery to rapidly restore operations and services following an attack. The nature of threats and vulnerabilities are constantly changing, so application of best current practices for cybersecurity is necessary but not sufficient – ongoing research and development of new cybersecurity technologies and methods is essential.

The information-intensive nature of the Smart Grid introduces new privacy considerations as well. Consumers are concerned about loss of control and the potential for misuse of information that can be inferred from data collected about their energy usage. Businesses may similarly be concerned about leakage of valuable business and competitive information that can be inferred from energy usage. Communications supporting the Smart Grid must support privacy requirements to address these concerns.

Topics of Particular Interest

The symposium aims to bring together researchers and practitioners in the area of security/privacy to present and discuss the knotty issues involved in smart grid security. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Secure and resilient cyber-physical and communication architectures
  • Security risk assessment, measurement and management

  • Tamper-resistant device technologies

  • Cryptography, key management, authorization and access control

  • False data injection detection and mitigation

  • Privacy preservation and inference

  • Cross-Domain (power/electrical to cyber/digital) security event detection, analysis and response

  • DoS/DDoS resiliency

  • Cloud security

  • SCADA and legacy system security

  • Security design and verification tools

Technical Program Committee (TPC) Members

Saurabh Amin                                       Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Zubair Ahmed Baig                              King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Saudi Arabia
Rakesh Bobba                                      University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, USA
Shin-Ming Cheng                                 National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
Richard Chow                                       Samsung Electronics R&D, USA
Deepa Kundur                                      University of Toronto, Canada
Qinghua Li                                            
Pennsylvania State University
Thomas Overman                                Hawaiian Electric Company
Vincent Poor                                         Princeton University, USA
Kui Ren                                                 SUNY Buffalo, USA
William Sanders                                  University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, USA
Anurag Srivastava                              Washington State University, USA
Marianne Swanson                            NIST, USA
Ali Tajer                                                Wayne State University, USA
Wei Yu                                                  Towson University, USA
Jianqing Zhang                                   Intel Labs, USA
Saman Zonouz                                    University of Miami, USA

Submission Guidelines

Submission deadlines and format requirements are the same for all symposia, see here.
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