Smart Grid Security Threats, Vulnerabilities, and Solutions

Presented by

Gib Sorebo; SAIC, Chief Cybersecurity Technologist

About this talk

This session will provide an overview of some of the threats and vulnerabilities that exist in current and proposed smart grid deployments and potential solutions, including discussion of some case studies. It will begin by providing an architectural overview of what is considered to be the modern smart grid including discussions of AMI, Distribution Automation, and Substation Automation. This will include concerns about residential meters that are exposed to physical tampering as well as attacks from inside the home through the Home Area Network (HAN) and the Neighborhood Area Network (NAN). The speaker will discuss potential challenges with wireless mesh architecture and the trust relationships that are assumed up the chain back to the utility’s head end. This presentation will also cover the reliance on service providers such as telecommunications companies and hosting providers and how that may present unacceptable security risks if not properly mitigated. The speaker will draw his experience in this area including component testing in the lab and in production environments.

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