PowerCyberSec: Cyber Physical Systems Security for the Smart Grid Lab
The smart grid is a highly automated network that uses a variety of sensors, information and control systems, and communication networks for the purpose of monitoring, protection and control of the grid. In recent years, there has been a growing threat of cyber-based attacks in numbers and sophistication on the nation’s electric grid and other critical infrastructure systems. Therefore, cyber security of the power grid — encompassing attack prevention, detection, mitigation, resilience, and attribution — is among the most important research issues today and in the future.
 Vulnerability Analysis: Systematic evaluation of cyber vulnerabilities in the substation, SCADA, and control center of the power grid.
 Impact Analysis: Quantifying the impact cyber attacks on the operational security and stability of the power grid.
 Risk Modeling: Quantitative methodology for evaluating the risk due to cyber attacks, including cyber coordinated attacks.
 Risk Mitigation and Attack-Resilience: Attack-resilient monitoring, protection, and control algorithms, and model-based and machine learning-based anomaly detection to detect and mitigate cyber attacks.
 CPS Security Tesbed & Experimentation: An integrated CPS security testbed, called PowerCyber, that interfaces industry-grade SCADA with real-time power system simulator (RTDS), with industrial power system devices (relays, PMUs) and energy management system (EMS) software, grid communication and security technologies. The testbed provides a realistic platform to conduct cyber attack-defense evaluations and cyber security training.
We would like to acknowledge the funding for this research and educational programs by U.S. NSF, DOE, and DHS grants.
Awarded by DOE SETO Program
Project Title: “Enhancing grid reliability and resilience through novel DER control and coordination accounting for integrated distribution and sub-transmission representation ”, Poject Lead: Arizona State University; ISU (Collaborator), Aug. 1, 2019 – July 31, 2022.
Awarded by DOE CEDS Program
Project Title: “Cyber Resilient Flexible AC Transmission Systems (FACTS)”, DOE, Project Lead: Hitachi ABB Power Grid, Iowa State University (Subcontract), Oct. 2018 – Sept. 2021.
Awarded by DOE CEDS Program
Project Title: Autonomous Tools for Attack Surface Reduction, Jan. 2017 – Dec. 2020.
NSF Award EECS 1202542
Project Title: Collaborative Research: Resiliency against Coordinated Cyber Attacks on Power Grid
NSF Award CNS 1329915
Project Title: CPS-Synergy: Collaborative Research: A Unified System Theoretic Framework for Cyber Attack-Resilient Power Grid
NSF Award CNS 1528731
Project Title: GCTC EAGER: Risk Modeling and Cyber Defense Exercise for Critical Infrastructures Securit