Smart Grids and Security Challenges

  • Ehab Al-Shaer
  • Mohammad Ashiqur Rahman
Part of the Advances in Information Security book series (ADIS, volume 67)


Smart grids are the modernization of the legacy power systems with the development of communication infrastructures. They are perfect examples of cyber-physical systems (CPS). To delineate the importance of the safety and reliability of smart grids, the Schneider Electric report in June 2010 can be cited [4]: “The financial impact of power disruption was demonstrated during the August 2003 blackout, which affected 45 million people in eight US states and 10 million people in parts of Canada. Healthcare facilities experienced hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue from canceled services, legal liability, and damaged reputations. Six hospitals were in bankruptcy one year later.” This incident clearly illustrates the extent of the impact due to operational interruption in energy networks.


Smart Grid Optimal Power Flow Security Goal Phasor Measurement Unit Automatic Generation Control 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ehab Al-Shaer
    • 1
  • Mohammad Ashiqur Rahman
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Software and Information SystemsUniversity of North Carolina, CharlotteCharlotteUSA
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceTennessee Tech UniversityCookevilleUSA

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