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Cyber-interdependency in smart energy systems

Lookup NU author(s): Razgar Ebrahimy, Dr Zoya PourmirzaORCiD


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Copyright © 2017 by SCITEPRESS – Science and Technology Publications, Lda. All rights reserved. Critical infrastructures are highly interdependent due to the services they receive and provide to one another. These interdependencies include physical, logical, geographical and cyber. Most of these interdependencies have been studied extensively apart from the cyber interdependency which is the main focus of this paper. Critical infrastructures have cyber interdependency when the state of a physical infrastructure (energy, transport, water, waste, etc.) depends on the information transmitted through the information infrastructure. The communication network is the backbone of smart energy systems and is responsible for transmission of data from all sub-systems in both directions. Due to the complexity and combination of many sub-systems that form smart energy systems, data is generated at different levels within such systems. The data at each layer is different and has its own cyber characteristics. Knowing these characteristics and interdependencies at each layer provides the foundation for designing an appropriate ICT architecture that fits that segment (layer) rather than having an ICT architecture that is generic and designed for all layers but susceptible to risks. This paper outlines a new approach by focusing only on the cyber interdependencies in smart energy systems and how they effect the Smart Grid.

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Author(s): Ebrahimy R, Pourmirza Z

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 3rd International Conference on Information Systems Security and Privacy (ICISSP 2017)

Year of Conference: 2017

Pages: 529-537

Online publication date: 19/02/2017

Acceptance date: 02/04/2016

Publisher: SciTePress

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9789897582097