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SEGRID: SEcurity for smart electricity GRIDs

The introduction of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) into power grids allows automatic monitoring and control of the power demand and supply. This concept is referred to as Smart Grid and is expected to grow exponentially. ICT systems are increasingly subject to cyber attacks, which can have a disruptive impact on the power grid, and risk business interests and people's safety. The goal of the SEGRID research project is to improve the defense of Smart Grids against cyber attacks.

The research project SEGRID is devoted to enhance the protection of Smart Grids against cyber attacks. With a budget of 4.5 Million Euro over three years, the project brings together Europe's leading companies and research institutes in the areas of energy distribution, power supply and critical infrastructures, communication and system security.

With reference to five smart grid use cases, SEGRID will apply a risk management analysis approach, define security requirements, and determine gaps in current security technologies, standards and regulations. The identified gaps and the analysis itself will give input to the enhancement of risk assessment methodologies and the development of novel security solutions for smart grids.

Some of the goals considered are:

  • Identifying threats and potential future cyber-attack pathways
  • Identifying the gap between currently available security standards, methods and measures
  • Evaluating and improving current risk management methodologies to optimally address the key risk factors
  • Developing new security methods and measures for privacy, communication and system security in smart grids
  • Building up a realistic Security Integration Test Environment (SITE) to test and verify new security methods and solutions
  • Feeding the established results into European and global standardization bodies, industry groups and smart grid suppliers, assuring that results fit the needs of such communities and raise awareness among stakeholders

Summary

Project name

SEGRID

Status

Completed

RISE role in project

Participant

Project start

Duration

3 years

Total budget

4 500 000 euro

Funders

European Union FP7 Programme

Project website

Project members

Supports the UN sustainability goals

7. Affordable and clean energy
11. Sustainable cities and communities
13. Climate action
Rikard Höglund

Contact person

Rikard Höglund

Researcher

+46 10 228 43 83
rikard.hoglund@ri.se

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