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SComm: a real-time mutually authenticated secure communication framework for smart grids

SComm: a real-time mutually authenticated secure communication framework for smart grids

Sani, Abubakar Sadiq, Meng, Ke and Dong, Zhao Yang (2021) SComm: a real-time mutually authenticated secure communication framework for smart grids. In: 2021 IEEE Power & Energy Society Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference (ISGT). Washington, 16-18 Feb. 2021. IEEExplore . Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Piscataway, NJ, pp. 1-5. ISBN 9781728188973 ; 9781728188980 ISSN 2167-9665 (Print), 2472-8152 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1109/ISGT49243.2021.9372211)

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Abstract

Motivated by recent Denial of Service (DoS) attacks at the control center and multiple remote power generation sites of a registered entity in the U.S. power grid, we seek to address the lack of sufficient real-time mutual authentication and secure communication between smart grid components. We introduce SComm, a real-time mutually authenticated secure communication framework that consists of a commitment-based enrolment protocol and a mutually authenticated key establishment protocol by which components can authenticate each other and carry out secure communication to prevent DoS attacks. Our framework applies a Zero-Knowledge Elliptic Curve Diffie-Hellman (ZK-ECDH) to establish a unique cryptographic session key for secure communication. We analysed our framework with respect to its security and performance, and the results show that our frame-work enhances the security of components and communication in real-time to efficiently deal with unauthentication and DoS attack. As proof of concept, we apply our framework to mitigate the DoS attacks at the registered entity.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: 2021 IEEE Power & Energy Society Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference (ISGT). Washington, 16-18 Feb. 2021.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Smart grid, mutual authentication, secure communication, security, privacy
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Internet of Things and Security (ISEC)
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Last Modified: 18 Aug 2021 12:04
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Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/33221

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