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Practical Approaches Towards Securing Edge Devices in Smart Grid

Robert, BP and Arun Babu, P and Kashyap, N and Gurrala, G (2019) Practical Approaches Towards Securing Edge Devices in Smart Grid. In: 2019 8th International Conference on Power Systems (ICPS), 20-22 Dec. 2019, Jaipur, India, India.

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Official URL: https://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ICPS48983.2019.9067747


Security is a big concern in the adaptation of edge computing for smart grid technologies. As the processing power and capabilities of Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs) in the power grid increases, they also become prime targets for attackers to exploit for their own gain. Utilities are especially concerned with distribution systems, as the IEDs may not use dedicated fibre communications. It is no longer sufficient to use a single method to secure an IED; using multiple methods can increase the difficulty for an attacker to be covert and may detect malicious behaviour faster. This paper describes some techniques that are currently being implemented on a custom built multifunctional IED using a credit card sized supercomputer called Parallella. An implementation of a remote attestation scheme based on process memory is discussed. An approach to detect malicious device behaviour using osquery, a free and open source tool is also discussed. Finally, network booting and how it is used it to ease updating or resetting devices in the field is elaborated.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Publication: 2019 8th International Conference on Power Systems: Transition towards Sustainable, Smart and Flexible Grids, ICPS 2019
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Additional Information: cited By 0; Conference of 8th International Conference on Power Systems, ICPS 2019 ; Conference Date: 20 December 2019 Through 22 December 2019; Conference Code:159393
Keywords: Electric power transmission networks; Electron devices; Supercomputers, Distribution systems; Fibre communication; Intelligent electronic device; Multiple methods; Open source tools; Processing power; Remote attestation; Smart Grid technologies, Smart power grids
Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Electrical Communication Engineering
Division of Electrical Sciences > Electrical Engineering
Division of Interdisciplinary Sciences > Robert Bosch Centre for Cyber Physical Systems
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2020 10:04
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2020 10:04
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/65536

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