Electric Power & Energy Systems Seminar with Chee-Wooi Ten: Cyber Insurance for Power Grid

Date(s) - 9 Apr 2019
1:10 PM - 2:00 PM

3043 ECpE Building Addition

Speaker: Chee-Wooi Ten, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan Technological University

Title: Cyber Insurance for Power Grid

Abstract: As evidenced by the recent cyberattacks against Ukrainian power grids, attack strategies have advanced and Stuxnet-like malware agents will continue to emerge. Currently, the measures to audit the critical cyber assets of power infrastructure do not provide a quantitative guidance that can be used to address security protection improvement in the audit process. Investing in security protection is often limited to compliance enforcement on the reliability standards. Technologies could provide more security logs to automate the assessment of the ongoing health of cyber systems. The cyber risk management in utilities can be quantified but the auditors and investors must understand the implications of hypothetical worst cases and how they can affect their neighboring control areas within an interconnection if a cyberattack ever occurs. The talk of this collaborative effort accumulated over the past years is to promote the ongoing development for an actuarial framework of enterprise risk management for power grid cybersecurity. The generation of comprehensive vulnerabilities and reliability-based knowledge based on extracted security logs, cyber-induced degradation of operational reliability, and hypothetical implications can establish risk portfolios for utilities in term of their preparedness level to protect their power communication infrastructure against cyber manipulation.

Bio:Chee-Wooi Ten is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan Technological University. He received the BSEE and MSEE degrees from Iowa State University, Ames, in 1999 and 2001, respectively. He later received the Ph.D. degree in 2009 from University College Dublin (UCD), National University of Ireland prior joining Michigan Tech in 2010. Dr. Ten was a Power Application Engineer working in project development for EMS/DMS with Siemens Energy Management and Information System (SEMIS) in Singapore from 2002 to 2006. His primary research interests are modeling for interdependent critical cyberinfrastructures and SCADA automation applications for a power grid. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE. He is an active reviewer for IEEE PES transactions and was a member of IEEE PES computer and analytical method for cybersecurity task force. Dr. Ten is currently serving as an Editor for IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid and Elsevier Journal Sustainable Energy, Grids and Networks (SEGAN). He recently published a textbook entitled “Distribution Emergency Operation,” addressing the reconfigurability (a notion of resilience) of distribution feeders and promotion of large-scale data extraction of topologies from geographic information systems (GIS) for advanced distribution engineering course.

Host: Manimaran Govindarasu

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