The Outbreak of Smart Grid Cyber-Security: The Modern Campfire Story

Presented by: Abedalsalam (Salam) Bani-Ahmed,  Lead Engineer, Power Systems Cyber-Security, Eaton Corporation

Recent cyber-security incidents have caused severe power outages in distribution system operations, which have highlighted the importance and urgency of improving the resilience of the electric distribution systems. Unlike IT networks, vulnerability of Smart Grid (SG) infrastructure has a direct impact on the vulnerability of system assets and operational outage costs. SG infrastructure can be secure, but yet not safe. Recent trends in cyber-security solutions have a broader necessity, not only on communications security, but the resiliency to cyber-attacks. This webinar is intended to provide a list of cyber-security definitions and technical considerations of SG critical infrastructure.


  • Overview and Definitions.
  • The Path from philosophy to science to corpo-reality.
  • Cyber-physical perspective (Requirements and developments).
  • Where to go (resources, targets), and how to go (backgrounds, starting point).
  • Conclusions.

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WHO SHOULD ATTEND:Individuals who work in grid operations and planning, researchers looking at resiliency, interdiction modeling, and complex sociotechnical systems interactions




presenterAbedalsalam Bani-Ahmed (M’11) was born in Sakib, Jordan in 1984. He received a B.Sc degree (2007) in Engineering Technology from Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan, a M.Sc degree in Computer Engineering (2011) from Jordan University of Science & Technology, Irbid, Jordan, and a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering (2017) from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, specializing in the cyber-physical integration in decentralized smart microgrid control systems. He has worked as research assistant at the Center for Sustainable Electrical Energy Systems (UW-Milwaukee) from 2012 to 2017, and a Power Systems Engineer at Eaton Corporation in 2017.

Currently, Dr. Bani-Ahmed is a Lead Engineer of Power Systems Cyber-Security at Eaton Corporation, Corporate Research and Technology. His research interests include Smart Grids, Microgrids and DERMS, IIoT communications infrastructure, protocols, cyber-security, and standards, and has published numerous technical journal and conference papers, and white papers on related topics. In addition, he is active with IEEE Smart Grid R&D (operations & education committees) and IEEE Smart Cities (R&D, Education, and Publication committees). He also serves as a reviewer to multiple IEEE PES and IAS transactions, and various international Smart Grid related journals.

Dr. Bani-Ahmed is an active member in the following societies: IEEE Member, IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES), IEEE Computer Society (CS), IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS), IEEE Young Professionals & IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc).

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