SGIP paper examines security concerns of smart grid broadcast comms


The newly released 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.

In a release, the smart energy consortium stated: “Communications with devices at the grid edge is a necessary component for interoperability, but it could be  compromised.

“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 believes cybersecurity with broadcast communications an important issue. The release of the paper is the third 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 – impact of electromagnetic phenomena on smart grid

In a separate paper, the SGIP highlights the threat that electromagnetic (EM) phenomena could have on smart grid performance.

The white paper, The Evaluation of the Electromagnetic Phenomena Issues on Smart Grid Reliability, takes an in depth look at the performance of smart grid devices near power lines where electromagnetic (EM) phenomena could threaten grid reliability.

In a press statement, the SGIP said: “Manufacturers of smart grid devices, along with EMC test labs, power utilities and more can benefit from this free resource. Readers will have a better understanding of the EM environment where smart grid devices operate, tests to determine the immunity of those devices to EM phenomena and sources of further information on testing,” the group said in an announcement.

“Electromagnetic environments and their impacts on smart grid devices is a complex issue but important to understand,” added SGIP vice president for Technology, Aaron Smallwood. Read more.