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Research at AIT Austrian Institute

of Technology Novel Stakeholder Socio-economic Duration:
Authentication Engagement Analyses 3 years

The significant increase in the and 4) creating and and Key Security Security Standards Start date:
use of ICT technologies within using mathematical Management Architectures Recommendations 1st April, 2014
the electrical power supply and algorithmic models Technology
system brings about a need for and simulations of that Security
cybersecurity considerations. design to evaluate its Intrusion Technologies

Key Key
Outcomes Figures

Resilient Security Budget:
Control Information 3.4M €
Risk Assessment
Methods & Tools

Therefore, smart grid security is performance or predict AIT Austrian Demonstration AIT SmartEST
one of the research topics that failures. Institute of Sites Laboratory
the Digital Safety & Security Fraunhofer Technology
Department at the AIT Austrian Important resources AISEC Nimbus
Institute of Technology is focusing from which a security Microgrid
on in several projects, both architecture for a The Queen’s
national and international. particular smart grid
environment can be University Consortium SWW
Belfast Wunsiedel

Royal Institute GmbH SWW Wunsiedel
Smart Grid
of Technology

(KTH) United
Landis + Gyr


Energy Institute at EMC Centre
the J. Kepler RSA

University Linz

The EU FP7 project SPARKS derived are, for example,

(Smart Grid Protection Against the NISTIR 7628 “Guidelines for for the envisaged solutions. More

Cyber Attacks) focuses on Smart Grid Security”, the “Smart information on SPARKS and

developing new methods, tools Grid Architecture Model (SGAM)” Nobel Grid is available on the

and technologies for smart defined by the CEN-CENELEC- project website https://project-

grid cybersecurity in order to ETSI Smart Grid Coordination and http://nobelgrid.

enhance grid resilience. In one Group under the European eu/, respectively.

of its early deliverables1, the Union M/490 mandate, and

project consortium has explored the Sandia “Microgrid Cyber On a national level, AIT is

the area of smart grid reference Security Reference Architecture”. coordinating the RASSA project

architectures, providing guidance The abovementioned SPARKS (Reference Architecture for

that an organisation can use deliverable provides an analysis Secure Smart Grids in Austria),

for defining, designing and of the strengths and weaknesses which aims to develop a

implementing security-related of each of those, and compares secure, interoperable reference

technologies, processes and the characteristics of these architecture for Austrian smart

organisational capabilities for architectures to help in planning grids, and establish its acceptance

smart grid environments. or application of security in any among all relevant stakeholders.

smart grid project. By instantiating parts of the

The purposes for which reference architecture, secure

organisations turn to smart The importance of designing and compatible smart grid

grid reference architecture secure and interoperable components can be implemented

resources include 1) adopting a smart grid architectures is also in a consistent and efficient way.

methodology for establishing an addressed in the European Nobel

effective and durable long-term Grid project. Its goal is to explore Through these and other related

approach to securing their smart new services for all the actors research activities, the Digital

grid environment; 2) defining a of the distribution grid, and to Safety & Security Department at

durable architecture (including provide innovative solutions and AIT has built up expertise in the

technologies, processes and tools for DSOs in order to support area of smart grid security, and

people) that will secure that smart them in making the grid more collaborates closely with the AIT

grid environment over the long- secure, stable and robust. AIT’s Energy Department to offer joint

term; 3) developing a particular role in Nobel Grid is to define the services for impact assessment of

design based on that architecture; underlying security architecture smart grid components. l

1)  Available for download at
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