Towards a Reliable and Accountable Cyber Supply Chain in Energy Delivery System Using Blockchain

  • Xueping Liang
  • Sachin Shetty
  • Deepak Tosh
  • Yafei JiEmail author
  • Danyi Li
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 255)


The cyber supply chain arises as the emerging business model of today’s IT infrastructure in enterprise-level energy delivery system, which relies on different software or hardware vendors. Due to the heterogeneous services provided and various roles involved for each system entity to maintain the IT infrastructure, the attack surface expands dramatically, thus putting enterprise systems at high risks of data breaches or compromises. This paper firstly presents an overview of the typical cyber supply chain system, including system entities and processes, and then two attack scenarios are illustrated. Following the analysis of cyber supply chain security requirements and countermeasures, we integrate the power of blockchain technology that has a trustless and decentralized architecture, to the cyber supply chain to achieve reliability and accountability. A basic framework for blockchain assured energy delivery system is introduced as a case study to provide guidelines for future blockchain adoption in achieving provenance of cyber supply chain systems in any industries.


Cyber supply chain Distributed ledger Reliability Accountability Energy delivery system 



This material is based on upon work supported by the Department of Energy under Award Number DE-OE0000780 and Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering agreement FA8750-15-2-0120. The work was also supported by a grant from the National Key R&D Program of China (2016YFB0800500).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xueping Liang
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Sachin Shetty
    • 1
  • Deepak Tosh
    • 4
  • Yafei Ji
    • 2
    Email author
  • Danyi Li
    • 2
  1. 1.Virginia Modeling Analysis and Simulation CenterOld Dominion UniversityNorfolkUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Information EngineeringChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  3. 3.School of Cyber SecurityUniversity of Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  4. 4.Department of Computer ScienceNorfolk State UniversityNorfolkUSA

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