NIST guidelines for smart grid cybersecurity, 2/15/11 UMBC

January 24th, 2011

The North American electric power system has been called the world’s largest interconnected machine and is a key part of our national infrastructure. The power grid is evolving to better exploit modern information technology and become more integrated with our cyber infrastructure. This presents unprecedented opportunities for enhanced management and efficiency but also introduces vulnerabilities for intrusions, cascading disruptions, malicious attacks, inappropriate manipulations and other threats. Similar issues are foreseen for other cyber-physical infrastructure systems including industrial control systems, transportation, water, natural gas and waste disposal.

A one-day Smart Grid Cyber Security Conference will be held at UMBC on February 15, hosted by the UMBC Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Department and Maryland Clean Energy Technology Incubator. The conference will be a comprehensive presentation by the National Institute of Standards and Technology regarding an Inter-agency Report 7628 (NISTIR 7628) named Guidelines for Smart Grid Cyber Security which is a critically important document for guiding government, regulatory organizations, industry and academia on Smart Grid cybersecurity. This regional outreach conference is valuable to any organization that is planning, integrating, executing or developing cyber technology for the Smart Grid.

The conference is free, but participants are asked to register in advance to help us organize for the correct number of participants.

A full copy of the 600 page report is available here.

An Integrated System Model for Electric Grids

September 12th, 2010

The second talk in the smart grid seminar series will feature Virginiia Tech Professor Robert Broadwater who will talk on Integrated System Model for Electric Grids at 4:00pm on Monday 20 September 2010 on UMBC’s South Campus. Here is the abstract.

“A fundamental concept in software engineering is to discover and model all “fundamental objects”. An object-oriented model that includes all fundamental objects in the problem domain can be used to solve all problems in the problem domain. For utility systems such models can contain millions of objects consisting of customers, structures, equipment, and measurements. Here such a model is referred to as an Integrated System Model (ISM). A single ISM may span multiple utility systems and include interdependencies. The Distributed Engineering Workstation may be used to build an ISM, that for an electric utility models transmission, sub-transmission, primary distribution, secondary distribution, and all customers in a single model. Using an ISM for both collaborative designs and real time, distributed calculations and control will be discussed. The fundamental software paradigm used to implement ISM technology, generic programming, will be considered. Demonstrations with ISM models will be provided. The progress made in implementing ISM technology at utilities will be reviewed.”