S2 Cyber Security and Privacy

Symposium Co-Chairs

  • György Dán, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
  • Sandro Etalle, Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  • Kui Ren, SUNY Buffalo, USA
  • Paolo Santi, CNR-IIT, Italy

Scope and Motivation

The emerging Smart Grid vision is of an interconnected power distribution network that streamlines transmission, distribution, monitoring, and control of electricity. This vision is being realized through the design and implementation of an information network overlaying the traditional power grid. Robust and secure communications and information management is essential to all aspects of the Smart Grid. Key applications include collection of data from millions of endpoints such as smart meters and distribution automation devices; data aggregation and analysis; SCADA communications; substation networking; phasor measurement unit data delivery, concentration, and analysis; cloud-based load aggregation, demand response and other managed services; enterprise and operations support systems such as outage management, etc. Cybersecurity vulnerabilities might allow an attacker to penetrate a network, gain access to control software, and directly or indirectly destabilize the grid in a variety ways. Cybersecurity for the Smart Grid must address means of prevention to reduce the risk of threats and vulnerabilities; detection to identify anomalous behavior and intrusions; response to initiate immediate actions to mitigate effects of an incident; and recovery to rapidly restore operations and services following an attack. The nature of threats and vulnerabilities are constantly changing, so application of best current practices for cybersecurity is necessary but not sufficient – ongoing research and development of new cybersecurity technologies and methods is essential.
The information-intensive nature of the Smart Grid introduces new privacy considerations as well. Consumers are concerned about loss of control and the potential for misuse of information that can be inferred from data collected about their energy usage. Businesses may similarly be concerned about leakage of valuable business and competitive information that can be inferred from energy usage. The communications and data management infrastructure supporting the Smart Grid must support privacy requirements to address these concerns.

Topics of Particular Interest

The symposium aims to bring together researchers and practitioners in the area of security/privacy to present and discuss the knotty issues involved in smart grid security. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Secure and resilient cyber-physical and communication architectures
  • Security risk assessment, measurement and management
  • Game theoretical models of smart grid security
  • Tamper-resistant device technologies
  • Cryptography, key management, authorization and access control
  • False data injection, detection and mitigation
  • Privacy perservation and inference
  • Cyber and Cross-Domain (power to cyber) security event detection, analysis and response
  • DoS/DDoS resiliency
  • Cloud security
  • SCADA and legacy system security
  • Security design and verification tools

Technical Program Committee (TPC) Members

Saurabh Amin, MIT, USA
Elisa Bertino, Purdue University, USA
Rakesh Bobba, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Levente Buttyan, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
Alvaro Cárdenas, University of Texas at Dallas, USA
Sherman S. M. Chow, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Bruno Crispo, University of Trento, Italy
Marc Dacier, Symantec Research Labs Europe, France
George Danezis, UCL, UK
Yingfei Dong, University of Hawaii, USA
Manimaran Govindarasu, Iowa State University, USA
Huaqun Guo, Institute for Infocomm, Singapore
Carl Hauser, Washington State University, USA
Ghassan Karame, NEC Laboratories Europe, Germany
Vladimir Kolesnikov, Bell Labs, USA
Deepa Kundur, University of Toronto, Canada
Qinghua Li, University of Arkansas, USA
Ning Lu, North Carolina State University, USA
Rongxing Lu, Nanyang Technical University, Singapore
Fabio Martinelli, CNR-IIT, Italy
Yi Qian, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
William H. Sanders, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Lalitha Sankar, Arizona State University, USA
Sean Smith, Dartmouth College, USA
Igor van Gemert, Alliander, The Netherlands
Qiyan Wang, Symantec Research Labs, USA
Le Xie, Texas A&M University, USA
Wei Yu, Towson University, USA
Saman Zonouz, University of Miami, USA