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A Test bed dedicated to the Study of Vulnerabilities in IEC 61850 Power Utility Automation Networks

Abstract : Industrial control systems rely more and more on digital technologies. Although the cyber risk such technologies induce is widely judged as serious, especially for critical infrastructures, these systems have generally not been designed to serve cybersecurity purposes. Instead they were thought first for serving operational efficiency. It thus becomes critical to study cyber threats in industrial environments and experimental test beds are needed to evaluate risks, physical consequences of cyber incidents, and performance of countermeasures. The test bed we present here focuses on studying cyber risks and their mitigation in IEC 61850 power utility automation systems. The operational part is composed of engineering computers, supervision software, off-the-shelf intelligent relays (Intelligent Electronic Device – IED), a hardware-in-the-loop process simulation, and the cybersecurity tools include an attack generation station and a network analyzer. In this paper, we present the operational part, giving details on the power grid hardware-in-the-loop simulation and its importance in the understanding of cyber consequences on the global system. The article concludes giving preliminary experimental results showing consequences of a false data injection attack on a simple electrical architecture.
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Maëlle Kabir-Querrec, Stéphane Mocanu, Jean-Marc Thiriet, Eric Savary. A Test bed dedicated to the Study of Vulnerabilities in IEC 61850 Power Utility Automation Networks. 21st IEEE Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation, Sep 2016, Berlin, Germany. ⟨hal-01366270⟩



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