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      A Cyber-Physical Security Analysis of Synchronous-Islanded Microgrid Operation

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      3rd International Symposium for ICS & SCADA Cyber Security Research 2015 (ICS-CSR 2015) (ICS-CSR)
      Industrial Control System & SCADA Cyber Security Research (ICS-CSR)
      17 - 18 September 2015
      testbed, microgrid, smart grid, cyber security, vulnerability, synchronous islanded generation


            Cyber-security research in the field of smart grids is often performed with a focus on either the power and control domain or the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) domain. The characteristics of the power equipment or ICT domain are commonly not collectively considered. This work provides an analysis of the physical effects of cyber-attacks on microgrids – a smart grid construct that allows continued power supply when disconnected from a main grid. Different types of microgrid operations are explained (connected, islanded and synchronous-islanding) and potential cyber-attacks and their physical effects are analyzed. A testbed that is based on physical power and ICT equipment is presented to validate the results in both the physical and ICT domain.


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            September 2015
            September 2015
            : 52-62
            [0001]Queen’s University Belfast

            AIT Austrian Institute of Technology
            [0002]Queen’s University Belfast
            [0003]AIT Austrian Institute of Technology
            © Friedberg et al. Published by BCS Learning & Development Ltd. Proceedings of the 3 rd International Symposium for ICS & SCADA Cyber Security Research 2015

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            3rd International Symposium for ICS & SCADA Cyber Security Research 2015 (ICS-CSR 2015)
            17 - 18 September 2015
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Industrial Control System & SCADA Cyber Security Research (ICS-CSR)
            Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
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            Electronic Workshops in Computing

            Applied computer science,Computer science,Security & Cryptology,Graphics & Multimedia design,General computer science,Human-computer-interaction
            testbed,microgrid,smart grid,cyber security,vulnerability,synchronous islanded generation


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