Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) refer to the various systems, networks, facilities and services upon which daily life depends. One such infrastructure is our power networks that are responsible for providing us with electricity that has become central to the ability of modern societies to function. Apart from being used in homes and industries, several critical infrastructures like hospitals, air traffic control, water and gas supply networks, mobile communication and even the financial sector are dependent upon electricity. A major attack on a nation's power grid would shut down any country. Future Smart Grid technology facilitates the integration of storage and renewables with the grid to ensure sustainability of electricity supply, mitigate rising power outages and help meet the rapidly rising demand for clean energy in urban and rural areas. Reliable, fast and secure communication infrastructure is required to attain these benefits of smart grids. Future smart power grids that aim to use Internet communication to provide such efficient control are vulnerable to various security attacks. This talk also introduces the security and QoS requirements for smart grid communications, Key security vulnerabilities, types of attacks and the arising research challenges are detailed.
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Director of the Wolverhampton Cyber Research Institute, University of Wolverhampton
Prof Prashant Pillai is currently working as a Professor of Cyber Security and Director of the Wolverhampton Cyber Research Institute (WCRI) at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. WCRI consists of 24 academics and specialises in security for critical national infrastructure with a current focus on detection, prevention and innovate solutions for large scale co-ordinated attacks on complex systems. Prior to this, he worked as Reader in Cyber Security and was the Head of the Cyber Security Research Group at the Department of Computing and Communications Technologies, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK. Pillai is the Associate Editor of IEEE Transaction on Aerospace and Electronic Systems and an Editor of the Journal of Emerging Trends in Engineering and Applied Sciences (JETEAS).