A testbed for power system security evaluation

David M. Nicol, Charles M. Davis, Tom Overbye

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This paper describes a project that integrates real devices used in the electric power grid with a simulation of electrical power generation and distribution, and a computer - communication simulator. The testbed is designed to evaluate the cyber-security of power grid control systems. Through a combination of simulation and emulation, the testbed seamlessly integrates virtual and real components, allowing for the evaluation of both high-level design descriptions on large-scale models, and precise measurements taken from production code executing on real hardware.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)114-131
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Information and Computer Security
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2009


  • Emulation
  • Power systems
  • Security
  • Simulation
  • Testbed

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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