Challenge and objective

  • IoT and future communication networking technologies such as 5G pose security challenges to realize smart grids. The objective of study is to contribute to a better understanding of how 5G network technology can benefit security of IoT devices and communication within the smart grid.

Work performed

  • Extending voltage regulation use case as a basis for characterising IoT devices and identify key security requirements for the communication.
  • Threat modelling of the use-case considering massive IoT deployments with 5G wireless connectivity.
  • Investigation if 3GPP standardised 5G security features can address identified threats for smart grids .

Significant results

  • A smart grid use case that highlights the benefits of using 5G for secure communication with connected IoT.
  • A threat model of the smart grid use case that brings out important security requirements.
  • Overview of 5G security techniques that are applicable for smart grid domain. Potential new threats introduced from the 5G infrastructure.

Impact for distribution system innovation

  • Security analysis considering IoT and 5G based cellular communication technologies.

Oddbjørn Gjerde

WP2 Lead
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Oddbjørn Gjerde
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Reference in CINELDI