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Learn the smart grid security threats that exist today and how to address those challenges.
At a time where energy utilities play an increasingly important part of our everyday lives, smart grid technologies, including those leveraging the Internet of Things (IoT), introduce new smart grid security challenges that must be addressed.
Implementing a smart grid without proper advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) security could result in grid instability, loss of private information, utility fraud, and unauthorized access to energy consumption data. Without the proper security, the benefits of IoT-based energy such as trusted by-directional communication between applications and devices, as well as secure collection of information for accurate big data analytics, would not be realized. Effective security arms manufacturers, consumers and utility providers with the confidence to leverage the power of the IoT.
Building a trusted, secure smart grid will require robust smart grid security solutions that can be easily deployed at the communication and application layers of the smart grid infrastructure.
Our IoT security ebook explores how to establish a foundation of trust and data integrity among the Internet of Things devices, their masters, and communications between them.
Smart grid security solutions must be able to deploy on a large scale, with minimal effect on applications. Securing the smart grid at the communication layer will require a system to identify connected meters, to verify that these meters are configured correctly, and to validate these meters for network access.
The recommended solution for this authentication process is an identity based model, often a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI). PKIs are ideal for large-scale AMI security deployments that require a high level of security with minimal impact on performance.
In a PKI environment, it is essential that private keys and certificates are guarded with a reliable key management solution that protects against ever-evolving data threats, such as hardware security modules (HSMs).