Security Enhancements over the Communication Networks in Smart Grid

Maode Ma

Phd. Maode Ma
Nanyang Technological University


Dr. Maode Ma received his Ph.D. degree in computer science from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 1999. Now, Dr. Ma is an Associate Professor in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He has extensive research interests including network security and wireless networking. He has led and/or participated in 20 research projects funded by government, industry, military and universities in various countries. He has been a general chair, technical symposium chair, tutorial chair, publication chair, publicity chair and session chair for more than 80 international conferences. He has been a member of the technical program committees for more than 180 international conferences. Dr. Ma has over 300 international academic publications including more than 130 journal papers and 160 conference papers. He currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Computer and Communication Engineering and International Journal of Electronic Transport. He also serves as a Senior Editor for IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, and an Associate Editor for International Journal of Security and Communication Networks, International Journal of Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing and International Journal of Communication Systems. He had been an Associate Editor for IEEE Communications Letters from 2003 to 2011 and an Associate Editor for International Journal of Network and Computer Applications from 2008 to 2015. Dr. Ma is the Fellow of IET and a senior member of IEEE Communication Society and IEEE Education Society. He is the Chair of the IEEE Education Society, Singapore Chapter. He is serving as an IEEE Communication Society Distinguished Lecturer from 2013 to 2016.

Resumen de la conferencia/Conference Abstract

The ever growing demand of energy all over the world has compelled a shift from the traditional power distribution system to a more sustainable and efficient system incorporating the advances of information technology and communication and networking technologies. This new energy infrastructure is envisioned not only to provide more optimal energy consumption and better real-time power requirement assessment but also to incorporate renewable energy generation sources at both consumer and provider sides for environment friendly power generation.
The implementation of such infrastructure demands the deployment of efficient communication networks among various entities of the smart grid system. The architecture of the networks tends to be highly distributed, heterogeneous and complex, incorporating different communication standards and resources. The complexity of the communication networks provides various venues for the adversaries to compromise the communication networks of the smart grid system. The corresponding consequences resulting from these vulnerabilities can range from minimal harm, to entire system shutdown. Such impacts may lead to economic collapse, terrorist invasion and even loss of lives.
In this talk, we investigate the security aspects of the home area networks (HANs) and neighborhood area networks (NANs) to support the operation of the smart grid in detail. We explore the vulnerabilities of the HANs and NANs under various malicious attacks and review current major solutions to protect the networks from those attacks. We further discuss the potential research issues to enhance the security functionality of the communication networks in the smart grid. As an example, I will present our recent solution to enhance the security functionality of the HANs in the smart grid.

Viernes 17, 14:10hs. Aula 513. Universidad Tecnológica Nacional – Facultad Regional Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Friday 17, 14:10hs. Classroom 513. Universidad Tecnológica Nacional – Facultad Regional Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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