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Coordinated Network Attacks on Microgrid Dispatch Function: An EPIC Case Study

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Muhammad Ramadan SaifuddinORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a conference proceedings (inc. abstract) published in its final definitive form in 2022. For re-use rights please refer to the publishers terms and conditions.


Communication network dependencies for microgrid's operations increases cybersecurity risks, where vulnerabilities found in communication protocols can be exploited for malicious intent. In this paper, we enumerate important attack techniques on multiple communication protocols and investigate their impacts on the microgrid dispatch function. We also show that an attacker can leverage multiple protocols to launch coordinated attacks that offers longer-term, stealthier, and larger adversarial impact, an advanced persistent threat. Our main contribution in this work is a detailed case study carried out on Electrical Power and Intelligent Control (EPIC) testbed located in Singapore. Through a series of experiments, we demonstrated individual protocols' vulnerability, verified their negative impacts on several microgrid's dispatch functions, and also illustrated the practicality of coordinated attacks through the manipulation of multiple protocols.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Saifuddin R, Wei L, Tan H, Chen B

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 8th Workshop On The Security Of Industrial Control Systems & Of Cyber-Physical Systems

Year of Conference: 2022

Online publication date: 30/09/2022

Acceptance date: 26/09/2022

Date deposited: 21/12/2022


ePrints DOI: 10.57711/c49v-1k34