IEEE PES Chapter Talk - The Smart Grid Cyber-Physical Infrastructure: Challenges and Recent Trends

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Today, the reliable operation of the smart grid is a function of the configuration and cyber-physical nature of its constituting sub-components. The smart grid, thus, is a complex system, in which communication and information technologies are the main propellers of its evolution and expansion. Therefore, standardization in smart grid communications is necessary to facilitate the complex operations of modern power system functions. However, the strong coupling between the cyber and physical domains of the contemporary grid exposes the system to new vulnerabilities, and thus, places more burden on standards’ developers. Therefore, standards need to be continuously assessed for reliability. With the emergence of IEC 61850 as a strong industry-accepted interoperability standard, in this presentation, I will focus on giving an overview of the IEC 61850 standard and its use in substation automation systems. Its protocol mappings will be analyzed, emphasizing on their benefits, cyber security drawbacks, and recent trends in developing security countermeasures.



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  • Date: 18 Oct 2021
  • Time: 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM
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  • Starts 23 September 2021 07:11 PM
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Mohamed El Hariri of Colorado School of Mines

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The Smart Grid Cyber-Physical Infrastructure: Challenges and Recent Trends

Today, the reliable operation of the smart grid is a function of the configuration and cyber-physical nature of its constituting sub-components. The smart grid, thus, is a complex system, in which communication and information technologies are the main propellers of its evolution and expansion. Therefore, standardization in smart grid communications is necessary to facilitate the complex operations of modern power system functions. However, the strong coupling between the cyber and physical domains of the contemporary grid exposes the system to new vulnerabilities, and thus, places more burden on standards’ developers. Therefore, standards need to be continuously assessed for reliability. With the emergence of IEC 61850 as a strong industry-accepted interoperability standard, in this presentation, I will focus on giving an overview of the IEC 61850 standard and its use in substation automation systems. Its protocol mappings will be analyzed, emphasizing on their benefits, cyber security drawbacks, and recent trends in developing security countermeasures.

Biography:

Mohamed (Moe) is a Practiced researcher and project manager with a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Florida International University (FIU), Miami, USA. He is Experienced in

secure control and operation of critical infrastructure systems (power, transportation, and communication networks), including five years hands-on hardware experimentation & programming knowledge in C / C++ / Python. Moe is currently as Assistant Professor of Renewable Energy Systems at Colorado School of Mines where he teaches Power Electronics and performs research on grid resilience and security.

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