Securing the Smart Grid discusses the features of the smart grid, particularly its strengths and weaknesses, to better understand threats and attacks, and to prevent insecure deployments of smart grid technologies. A smart grid is a modernized electric grid that uses information and communications technology to be able to process information, such as the behaviors of suppliers and consumers. The book discusses different infrastructures in a smart grid, such as the automatic metering infrastructure (AMI). It also discusses the controls that consumers, device manufacturers, and utility companies can use to minimize the risk associated with the smart grid. It explains the smart grid components in detail so readers can understand how the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of these components can be secured or compromised. This book will be a valuable reference for readers who secure the networks of smart grid deployments, as well as consumers who use smart grid devices.

Key Features

  • Details how old and new hacking techniques can be used against the grid and how to defend against them
  • Discusses current security initiatives and how they fall short of what is needed
  • Find out how hackers can use the new infrastructure against itself
  • Readership

    Government and private security professionals involved in designing and assessing smart grid technology

    Table of Contents

    Acknowledgments (Tony Flick) Acknowledgments (Justin Morehouse) About the Authors About the Technical Editor Introduction Chapter 1 Smart Grid: What Is It?     A Brief History of Electrical Grids          What Is an Electric Grid?          Grid Topologies          Modernizing the Electric Grids     What Is Automatic Meter Reading (AMR)?          AMR Technologies          AMR Network Topologies     Future Infrastructure          Justifications for Smart Grids     What Is a Smart Grid?          Components     What Is AMI?     International Initiatives          Australia          Canada          China          Europe     Why Do We Need to Secure the Smart Grid?          Smart Grid versus Security          Mapping Smart Grid Goals to Security     Summary     Endnotes Chapter 2 Threats and Impacts: Consumers     Consumer Threats     Naturally Occurring Threats          Weather and Other Natural Disasters     Individual and Organizational Threats          Smart Thieves and Stalkers          Hackers          Terrorism          Government          Utility Companies     Impacts on Consumers          Privacy     Impacts on Availability          Personal Availability          Mobility          Emergency Services     Financial Impacts     Likelihood of Attack     Summary     Endnotes Chapter 3 Threats and Impacts: Utility Companies and Beyond     Confidentiality          Consumer Privacy          Proprietary Information     Integrity          Service Fraud          Sensor Data Manipulation     Availability          Consumer Targets          Organizational Targets          Vertical Targets          Market Manipulation          National Security Target     Summary     Endnotes Chapter 4 Federal Effort to Secure Smart Grids    U.S. Federal Government          Energy and Independence Security Act of 2007          American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009     DOE          Legacy Electric Grid Technologies    


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    About the authors

    Tony Flick

    Tony Flick has been working in the Information Security field for more than six years and is currently a Principal with FYRM Associates. Mr. Flick has assisted numerous organizations in achieving compliance with federal regulations and industry standards. His expertise includes risk management and compliance, assessments and audits, and research in emerging technologies. Mr. Flick has presented at Black Hat USA, DEFCON, and the OWASP Tampa local chapter on smart grid and application security concepts. Mr. Flick holds the CISSP certification. Additionally, Mr. Flick earned a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science and a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Prinicple, FYRM Associates, Inc., Tampa, FL, USA

    Justin Morehouse

    Justin Morehouse is an Information Security professional with over 10 years of experience assisting Fortune 100 companies and Federal Government Agencies mature their Information Security programs. Over the past six years Mr. Morehouse has focused on the areas of attack and penetration, performing nearly 200 Security Assessments utilizing both NIST SP800-42’s “Blue Teaming” and “Red Teaming” approaches. Mr. Morehouse is the OWASP Tampa chapter leader and presented at IEEE’s EntNet. Mr. Morehouse holds the following degrees and certifications: CISSP, CISM, MCSE, MSIA, and QSA (Former). He is currently an adjunct professor at DeVry University.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Senior Information Protection Specialist at one of the nations largest retailers


    "The first step in securing the Smart Grid is to fully understand the threat landscape. This book provides both a timely and relevant overview of the subject — a must-read for anyone responsible for securing the grid as well as consumers looking to implement the technology!."-- Dr. Patrick Engebretson, Assistant Professor of Computer Security, Dakota State University.

    "Easy to read and full of valuable information, this book provides a wide-eyed view of our future and the security challenges we will be facing in our day-to-day lives. Exploring everything from home systems to large-scale power plants, this is a must-read for everyone in our technological society."-- Thomas Wilhelm, ISSMP, CISSP, SCSECA, SCNA, SCSA, IEM, IAM

    "Overall, Securing the Smart Grid: Next Generation Power Grid Security provides an excellent overview of the state of smart grid technology and its related security, privacy and regulatory issues. The book provides an excellent introduction for anyone looking to understand what smart grid is all about and its security and privacy issues."--Ben Rothke, Slashdot