Project: TruSIP for Smart Grids

Trustworthy Resilient Universal Secure Infrastructure Platform for Smart Grids

Previously known as Smart Grid Security

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About Smart Grids

A smart grid is a form of electricity network utilising digital technology. A smart grid delivers electricity from suppliers to consumers using two-way digital communications to control appliances at consumers' homes; this saves energy, reduces costs and increases reliability and transparency. It overlays the ordinary electrical grid with an information and net metering system, that includes smart meters. Smart grids are being promoted by many governments as a way of addressing energy independence, global warming and emergency resilience issues.

As smart-grid technologies will be felt by every person in communities they are deployed, the United States National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have undertaken extensive risk assessments and published reports on smart grid security.  

ICT Gozo Malta Initiatives

ICT Gozo Malta has two complementary projects to enhance the trustworthiness and dependability of Smart Grids.

The first project is the TruSIP 4grid project that propose a unified computing platform suitable for addressing the information processing and industrial control aspects of smart grids.  Detailed information on this proposal can be found in the following document: 

"How Synaptic Laboratoriesʼ Trustworthy Resilient Universal Secure Infrastructure Platform (TruSIP) could be applied to address critical vulnerabilities in todayʼs Smart Grid, enabling systems that deliver on many of the hard ICT security and industrial control recommendations published in the US NIST and EC Expert Working Groups Reports and Guidelines for Smart Grids and other Industrial Control Systems" (2011).

The second projectis to enhance the Global-scale Cybersecurity (IdM-CKM) proposal, which runs on TruSIP, to establish trust using both object identity and the observed network behaviour of the object.  This model has been jointly proposed by U.S. Defense Contractor SonalystsDalhousie UniversityComputer Associates Labs and ICT Gozo Malta member Synaptic Laboratories Limited.  This proposal has been presented at and published in the proceedings of the NATO Cyber Security Symposium (2010) and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Annual Cyber Security and Information Intelligence Workshop (April 2010). See the resources below for more information.

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Resources:

  • FP7 SmartGrids: European Technology Platform
  • NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Standards Project
  • McCusker, O., Glanfield, J., Brunza, S., Gates, D. C., Hugh, D. J., and Paterson, D. "Combining Trust and Behavioral Analysis to Detect Security Threats in Open Environments". In NATO IACDS 2010, RTO-MP-IST-091 (April 2010). PDF
  • McCusker, O., Gittins, B., Glanfield, J., Brunza, S., and Brooks, D. S. "The Need to Consider Both Object Identity and Behavior in Establishing the Trustworthiness of Network Devices within a Smart Grid". In Proceedings of the 6th Annual Workshop on Cyber Security and Information Intelligence Research (New York, NY, USA, April 2010), R. K. Abercrombie, Ed., ACM. Paper PDF, SlideShow

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