Software-defined networking for smart grid resilience: Opportunities and challenges

Xinshu Dong, Hui Lin, Rui Tan, Ravishankar K. Iyer, Zbigniew Kalbarczyk

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Abstract

Software-defined networking (SDN) is an emerging networking paradigm that provides unprecedented flexibility in dynamically reconfiguring an IP network. It enables various applications such as network management, quality of service (QoS) optimization, and system resilience enhancement. Pilot studies have investigated the possibilities of applying SDN on smart grid communications, while the specific benefits and risks that SDN may bring to the resilience of smart grids against accidental failures and malicious attacks remain largely unexplored. Without a systematic understanding of these issues and convincing validations of proposed solutions, the power industry will be unlikely to embrace SDN, since resilience is always a key consideration for critical infrastructures like power grids. In this position paper, we aim to provide an initial understanding of these issues, by investigating (1) how SDN can enhance the resilience of typical smart grids to malicious attacks, (2) additional risks introduced by SDN and how to manage them, and (3) how to validate and evaluate SDN-based resilience solutions. Our goal is also to trigger more profound discussions on applying SDN to smart grids and inspire innovative SDN-based solutions for enhancing smart grid resilience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCPSS 2015 - Proceedings of the 1st ACM Workshop on Cyber-Physical System Security, Part of ASIACCS 2015
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages61-68
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781450334488
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 14 2015
Event1st Cyber-Physical System Security Workshop, CPSS 2015, Co-located with ACM AsiaCCS 2015 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: Apr 14 2015 → …

Publication series

NameCPSS 2015 - Proceedings of the 1st ACM Workshop on Cyber-Physical System Security, Part of ASIACCS 2015

Other

Other1st Cyber-Physical System Security Workshop, CPSS 2015, Co-located with ACM AsiaCCS 2015
CountrySingapore
CitySingapore
Period4/14/15 → …

Keywords

  • Cyber-physical systems
  • Cyber-security
  • Resilience
  • Smart grids
  • Software-defined networking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems
  • Control and Systems Engineering

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    Dong, X., Lin, H., Tan, R., Iyer, R. K., & Kalbarczyk, Z. (2015). Software-defined networking for smart grid resilience: Opportunities and challenges. In CPSS 2015 - Proceedings of the 1st ACM Workshop on Cyber-Physical System Security, Part of ASIACCS 2015 (pp. 61-68). (CPSS 2015 - Proceedings of the 1st ACM Workshop on Cyber-Physical System Security, Part of ASIACCS 2015). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/2732198.2732203