Digital Forensics and Cyber Crime. 9th International Conference, ICDF2C 2017, Prague, Czech Republic, October 9-11, 2017, Proceedings

Research Article

Digital Forensic Readiness in Critical Infrastructures: A Case of Substation Automation in the Power Sector

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-319-73697-6_9,
        author={Asif Iqbal and Mathias Ekstedt and Hanan Alobaidli},
        title={Digital Forensic Readiness in Critical Infrastructures: A Case of Substation Automation in the Power Sector},
        proceedings={Digital Forensics and Cyber Crime. 9th International Conference, ICDF2C 2017, Prague, Czech Republic, October 9-11, 2017, Proceedings},
        proceedings_a={ICDF2C},
        year={2018},
        month={1},
        keywords={Digital forensics Forensic readiness Substation automation Smart grid Forensic investigation Critical infrastructures},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-319-73697-6_9}
    }
    
  • Asif Iqbal
    Mathias Ekstedt
    Hanan Alobaidli
    Year: 2018
    Digital Forensic Readiness in Critical Infrastructures: A Case of Substation Automation in the Power Sector
    ICDF2C
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-73697-6_9
Asif Iqbal,*, Mathias Ekstedt1,*, Hanan Alobaidli2
  • 1: KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • 2: Athena Labs
*Contact email: asif.iqbal@ee.kth.se, mekstedt@kth.se

Abstract

The proliferation of intelligent devices has provisioned more functionality in Critical Infrastructures. But the same automation also brings challenges when it comes to malicious activity, either internally or externally. One such challenge is the attribution of an attack and to ascertain who did what, when and how? Answers to these questions can only be found if the overall underlying infrastructure supports answering such queries. This study sheds light on the power sector specifically on smart grids to learn whether current setups support digital forensic investigations or no. We also address several challenges that arise in the process and a detailed look at the literature on the subject. To facilitate such a study our scope of work revolves around substation automation and devices called intelligent electronic devices (IEDs) in smart grids.