Work Package 4 in MAS²TERING (Led by Airbus)

WP4 Objectives:

The goal of this work package is to specify, design and develop a set of components for cyber-security of smart grids. A particular challenge will be to reduce the gap in standards for cyber-security of smart grids, which requires enhanced communication between standardisation groups from ICT, security and energy domains.

The implementation of smart grids involves deep collection and exploitation of consumer data, which triggers privacy, confidentiality and data integrity concerns. It also exposes distribution networks to cyber-attacks for which early warning, detection and reaction capabilities are required. A considerable challenge will be to manage and maintain the security level of a wide and heterogeneous system in a context where ICT and energy components have totally mismatching life-cycles. The new components developed by MAS²TERING need be secured by design: it requires resilient algorithms with built-in cyber-security mechanisms to prevent attacks.

WP4 public results:

  • D4.1: “State of the art standards and technologies for cyber-security of smart grids”  – Published August 2016 (Month 24 of MAS²TERING) / Download Link: pdf

    • Cybersecurity is a fast evolving area of research and development that aims to keep pace with advancing cybercrimes, intrusions, and various forms of cyber-attacks. Advancing cybersecurity for the smart grid is of particular importance in order to assure the success of rolling out of its technologies and protect the critical electricity infrastructure. A distributed multi-agent-based platform is developed in the scope of Mas2tering project, the detailed understanding of the available cybersecurity standards and technologies, and identification the gaps between existing standards and required standards are vital for the success of the project. The authors of the deliverable perform a security and privacy assessment of the three selected project use cases. The assessment helps identify areas of vulnerabilities and weaknesses that need to be addressed in the project. We then evaluate the state of the art of the security standards and technologies that are relevant to the project. In addition, we evaluate other relevant smart grid and telecommunication standards that are not security-focused from a security point of view. Based on this evaluation, we provide recommendations for improvements and justifications of choices made in the project. [READ MORE ABOUT THE D4.1 REPORT BY CLICKING HERE]

WP4 leadership:

To learn more about AirBus (the WP4 leader) please click here.