The paper, Smart Grid System Security with Broadcast Communications was published by the Home/Building/Industry-to-Grid Domain Expert Working Group (H/B/I2G DEWG) at SGIP, aimed at utilities, energy service providers and vendors of energy management equipment. It explains how home-based devices can authenticate the sources of broadcast messages.
“Communications with devices at the grid edge is a necessary component for interoperability, but it could be compromised” said Aaron Smallwood, Vice President, Technology, SGIP. “By understanding the cybersecurity risks associated with broadcast communications and how to protect against them, smart grids can be made more secure.”
Dr. Kenneth Wacks, chair of the working group, added that the H/B/I2G DEWG considers cybersecurity with broadcast communications an important issue. It is the third paper published by the consortium in a series on broadcast communications, providing a methodical examination of cybersecurity risks, tools and cost-effective solutions for broadcast communications.
Broadcast messages are sent from utilities to home-based devices to manage energy consumption with demand-response programmes. The white paper reviews industry requirements and government guidelines that help maintain the integrity of those messages. Furthermore, readers will learn about physical security related to broadcast communications, as well as counter measures against various types of cyber-attacks.
SGIP will be hosting a webinar on the white paper on March 16th at 1pm Eastern Time. Those interested are invited to register for the webinar here.
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