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IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter - March 2014

Observations on Engineered Resiliency to Mitigate Physical Damage to Grid Assets

There has been renewed attention to a substation attack that occurred almost a year ago but remains unsolved. We should not forget that the local grid withstood the attack with nary a blink of the lights, and that power systems are broadly engineered to withstand such incidents. We can make them even more resilient. Distributed generation and microgrids will help.

Three Questions about Physical Grid Security

Today the North American electric power system consists of about 15,000 generators, 450,000 miles of high-voltage (100kV or higher) transmission lines, over six million miles of lower-voltage distribution lines and more than 15,000 substations. Last year's attack on a California substation did not awaken concerns about the network’s physical security. Here are the three key questions I have been asked repeatedly in the last 13 years, going back to when I directed infrastructure security R&D post 9/11 at the Electric Power Research Institute.

CPS Testbeds: Energizing a Cybersecure Smart Grid

Current efforts to research cyber security technologies, risk assessment and system hardening techniques are constrained by the availability of realistic test environments. Creating a resilient smart grid requires the availability of cyber-physical system security testbeds for performance and security evaluations in order to achieve sufficient system resiliency.

From Analytics to Answers, from Optimization to Operations

Analytics and optimization represent an evolution in the smart grid. Sensing, communication and proper numerical treatment of data are important to achieving results. Optimization and visualization bring actionable intelligence, while a strong underlying platform enables utility-wide benefits.

About the Smart Grid Newsletter

A monthly publication, the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter features practical and timely technical information and forward-looking commentary on smart grid developments and deployments around the world. Designed to foster greater understanding and collaboration between diverse stakeholders, the newsletter brings together experts, thought-leaders, and decision-makers to exchange information and discuss issues affecting the evolution of the smart grid.

Contributors

Erich W. GuntherErich W. Gunther, an IEEE fellow, is a cofounder, Chairman and CTO of EnerNex in Knoxville, TN.
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Massoud AminMassoud Amin is a senior member of IEEE and chairman of the IEEE Smart Grid.
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Manimaran GovindarasuManimaran Govindarasu, a senior member of IEEE, is Mehl Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University.
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Adam HahnAdam Hahn, an IEEE member, is an information security engineer at the MITRE Corporation.
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Chen-Ching LiuChen-Ching Liu, an IEEE fellow, is Boeing Distinguished Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University.
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Jeff KatzJeff Katz is the Chief Technology Officer of the Energy and Utilities industry at IBM.
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