Global Security, Safety and Sustainability & e-Democracy. 7th International and 4th e-Democracy, Joint Conferences, ICGS3/e-Democracy 2011, Thessaloniki, Greece, August 24-26, 2011, Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

A Situational Awareness Architecture for the Smart Grid

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-33448-1_31,
        author={Anastasia Mavridou and Mauricio Papa},
        title={A Situational Awareness Architecture for the Smart Grid},
        proceedings={Global Security, Safety and Sustainability \& e-Democracy. 7th International and 4th e-Democracy, Joint Conferences, ICGS3/e-Democracy 2011, Thessaloniki, Greece, August 24-26, 2011, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={ICGS3 \& E-DEMOCRACY},
        year={2012},
        month={10},
        keywords={Cyber Security Smart Grid Situational Awareness SCADA},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-33448-1_31}
    }
    
  • Anastasia Mavridou
    Mauricio Papa
    Year: 2012
    A Situational Awareness Architecture for the Smart Grid
    ICGS3 & E-DEMOCRACY
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-33448-1_31
Anastasia Mavridou1,*, Mauricio Papa1,*
  • 1: University of Tulsa
*Contact email: anastasia-mavridou@utulsa.edu, mauricio-papa@utulsa.edu

Abstract

Components of the electric power grid that were traditionally deployed in physically isolated networks, are now using IP based, interconnected networks to transmit Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) messages. SCADA protocols were not designed with security in mind. Therefore, in order to enhance security, access control and risk mitigation, operators need detailed and accurate information about the status, integrity, configuration and network topology of SCADA devices. This paper describes a comprehensive system architecture that provides situational awareness (SA) for SCADA devices and their operations in a Smart Grid environment. The proposed SA architecture collects and analyzes industrial traffic and stores relevant information, verifies the integrity and the status of field devices and reports identified anomalies to operators.