Threat landscape for smart grid systems

TitleThreat landscape for smart grid systems
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsMathas C-M, Grammatikakis K-P, Vassilakis C, Kolokotronis N, Bilali V-G, Kavallieros D
Conference NameProceedings of the 15th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security
Date Publishedjul
Keywordsattack detection features, attack mitigation, attacks, security, Smart grids

Smart Grids are energy delivery networks, constituting an evolution of power grids, in which a bidirectional flow between power providers and consumers is established. These flows support the transfer of electricity and information, in order to support automation actions in the context of the energy delivery network. Insofar, many smart grid implementations and implementation proposals have emerged, with varying degrees of feature delivery and sophistication. While smart grids offer many advantages, their distributed nature and information flow streams between energy producers and consumers enable the launching of a number of attacks against the smart grid infrastructure, where the related consequences may range from economic loss to complete failure of the smart grid. In this paper, we survey the threat landscape of smart grids, identifying threats that are specific to this infrastructure, providing an assessment of the severity of the consequences of each attack type, discerning features that can be utilized to detect attacks and listing methods that can be used to mitigate them.