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Cyber Security

Integration of information technology (IT) and telecommunications infrastructures into the traditional electric power system have transformed the historical electricity network into a smarter electricity grid that enables real-time sensing, measurement, control, and two-way energy and information flow among various devices. As cyber infrastructure has become a critical component to the energy sector infrastructure, management and protections of cyber systems and IT components at all levels are required to prevent access to unauthorized functions, especially as they relate to grid operations. Cyber infrastructure and cyber security are terms defined by the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) as:

Cyber Infrastructure: Includes electronic information and communications systems and services and the information contained in these systems and services. Information and communications systems and services are composed of all hardware and software that process, store, and communicate information, or any combination of all of these elements. Processing includes the creation, access, modification, and destruction of information. Storage includes paper, magnetic, electronic, and all other media types. Communications include sharing and distribution of information. For example: computer systems; control systems (e.g., SCADA); networks, such as the Internet; and cyber services (e.g., managed security services) are part of cyber infrastructure.

Cyber Security: The protection required to ensure confidentiality, integrity and availability of the electronic information communication system. With the adoption and implementation of the Smart Grid, the IT and telecommunication sectors will be more directly involved. These sectors have existing cyber security standards to address vulnerabilities and assessment programs to identify known vulnerabilities in these systems. These same vulnerabilities need to be assessed in the context of the Smart Grid. In addition, the Smart Grid has additional vulnerabilities due to its complexity, large number of stakeholders, and highly time-sensitive operational requirements.

Selected cyber security documents are listed below:


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2013 Global Security Report
Trustwave
2013
Report
Smart Grid Implementation Strategies for Success
Lexingtoninstitute.org
2010
Report
Good practice guide for CERTs in the area of Industrial Control Systems
enisa
2013
Report
Electricity Subsector Cybersecurity Capability Maturity Model: Version 1.0
Smartgrid.gov
2012
Report
U.S. Department of Energy Smart Grid Privacy Workshop Summary Report
Smartgrid.gov
2012
Report
AMI Cyber Security Incident Response Guidelines
EPRI
2012
Report
The 2013 Fix
SmartGridToday.com
2013
Report
Smart Grid Investment Grant- Progress Report 2013
Smartgrid.gov
2013
Report
Electricity Grid Modernization—Progress Being Made on Cybersecurity Guidelines, but Key Challenges Remain to be Addressed
U.S. GAO
2011
Report
Security Metrics for Process Control Systems
SNL
2007
Report
Interim Technology Performance Report: Project Boeing SGS
Smartgrid.gov
2012
Report
Interim Technology Performance Report: Kansas City Power & Light Company (KCP&L) Green Impact Zone Smart Grid Demonstration
Smartgrid.gov
2013
Report
Interim Technology Performance Report: Secure Interoperable Open Smart Grid Demonstration Project
Smartgrid.gov
2012
Report
DOE 2012 Smart Grid Cybersecurity Information Exchange
DOE
2012
Report
A Policy Framework for the 21st Century Grid: Enabling Our Secure Energy Future
NSTC
2011
Report
Task Force Smart Grid - Expert Group 2: Regulatory Recommendations for Data Safety, Data Handling and Data Protection
EU Commission SG TF
2011
Report
Cyber Security for Utility Operations
SNL
2005
Report
A Threat Analysis Framework as Applied to Critical Infrastructures in the Energy Sector
SNL
2007
Report
Impacts of IPv6 on Infrastructure Control Systems
SNL
2007
Report
Categorizing Threat Building and Using a Generic Threat Matrix
SNL
2007
Report
Common Vulnerabilities in Critical Infrastructure Control Systems
NNSA, SNL
2003
Report
Analysis of Operations and Cyber Security Policies for a System of Cooperating Flexible Alternating Current Transmission System (FACTS) Devices Laurence
SNL
2005
Report
Advanced Metering Infrastructure Security Considerations
SNL
2007
Report
High-Security SCADA LDRD Final Report
SNL
2002
Report
Smart Grid Cyber Security
NIST
2011
Report
Control System Devices: Architectures and Supply Channels Overview
SNL
2010
Report
Cyber Effects Analysis Using VCSE—Promoting Control System Reliability
SNL
2008
Report
Control Systems Security Standards Accomplishments & Impacts
SNL
2007
Report
National SCADA Test Bed Consequence Modeling Tool
SNL
2007
Report
SmartHouse/SmartGrid: D1.2 Technology Trends for SmartHouse/SmartGrid
Smarthouse-Smartgrid Consortium
2010
Report
SmartHouse/SmartGrid: D2.1 In-house Architecture and Interface Description
Smarthouse-Smartgrid Consortium
2009
Report
Report to the Governor & the Legislature - 2011 Smart Grid Report
CPUC
2011
Report
Southern California Edison (SCE) Smart Grid Demonstration Host-Site Project Description
EPRI
2010
Report
Privacy by Design and Third Party Access to Customer Energy Usage Data
Information & Privacy Commissioner Ontario, Canada
2013
Report
Helping America’s Electric Cooperatives Build a Smarter Grid to Streamline Operations and Improve Service
Smartgrid.gov
2012
Report
Michigan Utility Modernizes Electricity Delivery and Provides Improved Service to Customers
Smartgrid.gov
2012
Report
Smarter Protection for the Smart Grid
McAfee
2012
Report
A Policy Framework for the 21st Century Grid: Enabling Our Secure Energy Future
NIST
2011
Report
NIST Smart Grid Advisory Committee (SGAC) Report
NIST
2012
Report