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Smart Grid: Cyber Security

Smart Grid: Cyber Security

The evolution of smart grids nowadays has raised important security concerns around the globe. Automation and control for optimized power distribution on building or district levels open up new attack vectors to control and manipulate critical infrastructures. Smart grid deployment has been in the front lines of electrical architectural plans. To this end, grid modernization by utilizing ICT tools and interconnectivity services can offer a variety of benefits from accurate monitoring to remote supervision, enabling a more intelligent, resilient, and interactive electrical network. Its successful operation though does not depend only on the energy savings; it is considered to be a prerequisite that strong security mechanisms and defenses will be engaged while communication grid services and control are enabled. This course covers essential topics important to ensure that the grid is secure.

Program Dates

August: 23rd, 24th, 25th, and 30th, 31st, and September: 1st
3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  • Understand the smart grid components

  • Describe the trend toward smart grid technologies

  • Explain the necessity of security in smart grids

  • Understand the threats in smart grids

  • Explain the communication problems in smart grids

  • Understand the main components of the cyber secured power grid

  • Perform a cybersecurity risk analysis for  smart grid

  • Set the boundaries for security architectures in smart grids

  • Differentiate the security issues in transmission, distribution, and generation plants in smart grids

  • Explain the security assessment and incident response in smart grids

  • Infrastructure overview

  • Mission-critical Applications 

  • Security challenges

  • Privacy and data security

  • The threat landscape

  • Physical Attack countermeasures

  • Secure networking and protocols

  • Secure grid operations

  • Secure grid architectures

  • Secure smart grid software lifecycle

  • Evolution of security solutions for smart grids

This course will be offered in a two-week format. Week 1 will cover topics 1 to 5 as outlined above and weak 2 will cover topics 6 to 11.

The week 1 offering is designed to be more generic and suited to all professionals within the energy industry. Individuals interested in the week 2, course offering should have prerequisite knowledge in the following areas to maximize the benefit of this course in week 2:

  • Familiar with Linux shell and OS

  • Familiar with networking at a CCNA level

  • Familiar with basic python programming or scripting

Week 2 will cover some hands-on lab activities which will include these pre-requisite areas.

  • Individuals who need to understand the concept of security in smart grids.

  • Power utility engineers working on smart grid technology

  • Test engineers who need to learn the security issues in power grids

  • Power traders to understand the smart grid security systems.

  • Independent system operator personnel.

  • Faculty members from academic institutes who want to teach the smart grid security course.

  • Investors and contractors who plan to make investments in smart grids and the renewable energy industry.

  • Professionals in other energy industries.

  • Electric utility personnel who recently started a career in power systems or having new job responsibilities.

  • Technicians, operators, and maintenance personnel who are or will be working on smart grid-related projects

  • Managers, accountants, and executives of the smart grid industry.

  • Scientist or non-electrical engineers involved in smart grid-related projects or proposals.