(Talk) Trustworthy Smart-Grid Infrastructures: Threats, Challenges, and Countermeasures

  • Speaker: Saman Zonouz
  • Location: UBC Vancouver Campus, 2332 Main Mall, Kaiser 2020
  • Date & Time: July 25, 2013, 3:30 p.m


Secure and reliable operation of next-generation cyber-physical systems, specifically power grid infrastructures, will require effective trusted computing bases to provide situational awareness, security property verification, and intrusion tolerance capabilities. Continuous and precise comprehension of the system’s security status and potential threats will enable operators and/or automated response systems to prepare proactively against adversarial coordinated activities, such as coordinated cyber and physical intrusions. In this talk, we will overview the power grid security problem, and in particular, potential threats and possible countermeasures in such cyber-physical environments. Additionally, we will review several
solutions to model, detect, and tolerate complex security incidents in
computing, physical, or communication assets of the power grid in a real-time manner.


Speaker’s Biography

Saman Zonouz is an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Miami since August 2011, and the Director of the 4N6 Cyber Security and Forensics Laboratory. He has been awarded the Faculty Fellowship Award by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research in 2013, UM Provost Research award in 2011, as well as EARLY CAREER Research award from the University of Miami in 2012. His group’s research projects have been funded by NSF, ONR, DOE/ARPA-E, and Fortinet Corporation. His current research focuses on Systems Security and Privacy, Intrusion Detection, Forensics, and Response, as well as Trustworthy Critical Cyber-Physical Power-Grid Infrastructures. He obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science, specifically, Intrusion Tolerance Solutions for the Power-Grid, from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 2011.

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