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AFSecurity Seminar

Smart-Meter Security

DATE:  Monday 23 October 2017

LOCATION:  Kristen Nygaards sal (room 5370), Ole Johan Dahl's House.


15:30h Welcome at IFI

15:45h Talk: Security analysis of a large (1 million+) smart meter infrastructure

16:45h Discussion

SPEAKER: Sujeet Shenoi (University of Tulsa)

ABSTRACT: An advanced metering infrastructure is an integrated system of smart meters, communications networks and data management systems designed to support the safe, efficient and reliable distribution of electricity while providing advanced functionality to energy customers. Unfortunately, sophisticated cyber attacks on advanced metering infrastructures are a clear and present danger. The most devastating scenario involves a computer worm that traverses advanced metering infrastructures and permanently disables millions of smart meters. This presentation describes a security analysis of an advanced metering infrastructure comprising more than one million smart meters, 100+ data collectors and two meter data management systems. Specifically, it provides detailed evaluations of the attack surface, targets -- especially the critical data collectors -- and their functionality, and possible attacks and their impacts. The systematic identification of each target and its functionality, and possible attacks and their direct impacts, are essential to understanding the security landscape as well as specifying and prioritizing mitigation efforts as part of a robust risk management program. Although this work is based on an analysis of one large advanced metering infrastructure, strong attempts have been undertaken to extract and articulate the commonalities when describing the attack surface, targets, possible attacks and their impacts. Thus, the results can be used as a foundation upon which the unique aspects of an advanced metering infrastructure can be added to create a robust risk management program geared for the specific deployment.

SPEAKER BIO: Sujeet Shenoi is the F.P. Walter Professor of Computer Science and a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma; and a member of the technical staff at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland. An active researcher with specialties in cyber security, cyber operations, critical infrastructure protection and digital forensics, Dr. Shenoi works on exciting “problems” ranging from helping solve homicides to penetrating telecommunications systems, oil and gas pipelines, wind farms and voting machines. Dr. Shenoi is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Critical Infrastructure Protection (Elsevier); and Editor of the Advances in Digital Forensics and Critical Infrastructure Protection (Springer) series, now in their thirteenth and eleventh volumes, respectively. He spearheads the University of Tulsa's elite Cyber Corps Program that trains “MacGyvers” for U.S. government agencies, and is the Director of the Cyber Security Education Consortium, a National Science Foundation ATE Center that is building a high-tech workforce in the Southwestern United States. For his innovative strategies integrating academics, research and service, Dr. Shenoi was named the 1998-1999 U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation.

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