Monday, January 08, 2007

The Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid

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The Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid Initiative (TCIP) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) was created in August 2005 to address the challenge of how to protect the nation's power grid. The NSF awarded $7.5 million over five years to the project (see NSF Award Abstract), which is led by the University of Illinois ITI team and also involves researchers at Cornell University, Darmouth College, and Washington State University (WSU). The Department of Energy and the Department of Homeland Security have also joined with NSF in funding and managing the effort.

The TCIP seeks to protect power grid by providing the fundamental science and technology needed to create an intelligent, adaptive power grid that can survive malicious adversaries, provide continuous delivery of power, and support dynamically varying trust requirements. The center will significantly improve the way the power grid cyber infrastructure is built, making it more secure, reliable, and safe.

The TCIP Initiative seeks to conduct long-term research that will provide the technology necessary to create a cyber infrastructure that provides reliable and secure information to energy sector control system operators to better manage the power grid.

The National SCADA Test Bed Program NSTB is supporting the Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid (TCIP) Initiative managed by the National Science Foundation (NSF). This effort addresses several long-term R&D needs identified in the Roadmap to Secure Control Systems in the Energy Sector.

The National SCADA Test Bed Program employs SCADA Cyber Security and critical infrastructure protection experts to research and develop solutions that will strengthen computer systems operating infrastructures, such as the electric power grid, from attacks by viruses, hackers and terrorism.

The NSTB program, jointly operated by Idaho National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory, performs extensive Cyber Security assessments on SCADA and process control systems to identify potential equipment and system vulnerabilities.

Since 1998 Sandia National Laboratory has operated The Center for SCADA Security that does research, advises industry on ways to improve SCADA standards, conducts SCADA vulnerability assessments, and holds training on SCADA security.

Links & Info:

National SCADA Testbed, A Summary of Control System Security Standards Activities in the Energy Sector R.E. Carlson, J.E. Dagle, S.A. Shamsuddin, R.P. Evans,October 2005, 48 page report by National Laboratories

Framework for SCADA Security Policy, D. Kilman, J. Stamp, Sandia National Laboratory. 2005.

IEC TC57 Security Standards for the Power System’s Information Infrastructure – Beyond Simple Encryption, By Frances Cleveland, October, 2005.

Guide to Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Industrial Control Systems Security Recommendations of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Keith Stouffer, Joe Falco, Karen Kent. September 2006

Process Control Systems Forum (PCSF) 2006 Spring Meeting June 5 - 7, 2006 La Jolla, California

Texas A&M Univ selected list of recent papers related to the area of Energy Managment Systems and SCADA



Centro para una Infraestructura Informática Fidedigna de la Red Eléctrica


En Agosto de 2005, exactamente dos años depués del gran apagón del Noreste de Norteamérica, la National Science Foundation (NSF) de los Estados Unidos anunció la concesión de una dotación de 7,5 millones de dólares a la University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) para la creación de un centro nacional dedicado a mejorar la seguridad de las redes eléctricas de potencia de ese país.

Este proyecto de investigación que durará cinco años se lleva a cabo en colaboración con investigaodres de la Washington State University (WSU), la Cornell University y el Darmouth College.

El centro se ha denominado Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid (TCIP) y está dedicado al desarrollo de nuevas tecnologías para la infraestructura informática de las redes eléctricas de potencia. El proyecto está dirigido por el profesor William H Sanders, director del Information Trust Instute de la Universidad de Illinois, tarea que compaginará ahora con la dirección del nuevo centro.

El NSTB (National SCADA Test Bed Program o Programa Nacional de Banco de Pruebas de SCADA) colabora en TCIP en un esfuerzo orientado a satisfacer las necesidades de I+D determinadas por la “Hoja de Ruta para Asegurar los Sistemas de Control del Sector Energético” (Roadmap to Secure Control Systems in the Energy Sector).

En el NSTB trabajan expertos en “cyber-seguridad” y protección de infraestructuras críticas en busca de soluciones que fortalezacan las infraestructuras que operan soportadas por computadores, como son las redes eléctricas de potencia, frente ataques de virus, hackers y terrorismo.

Desde 1998 el Sandia National Laboratory opera el Center for SCADA Security (Centro para la Seguridad de SCADA) que lleva a cabo investigación, asesora a la industria sobre formas de mejorar las normas de SCADA, dirige evaluaciones de vulnerabilidad de SCADA, e imparte entrenamiento sobre seguridad de SCADA.

Links & Info:

National SCADA Testbed, A Summary of Control System Security Standards Activities in the Energy Sector R.E. Carlson, J.E. Dagle, S.A. Shamsuddin, R.P. Evans,October 2005, 48 page report by National Laboratories

IEC TC57 Security Standards for the Power System’s Information Infrastructure – Beyond Simple Encryption, By Frances Cleveland, October, 2005.

Framework for SCADA Security Policy, D. Kilman, J. Stamp, Sandia National Laboratory. 2005.

Guide to Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Industrial Control Systems Security Recommendations of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Keith Stouffer, Joe Falco, Karen Kent. September 2006

Process Control Systems Forum (PCSF) 2006 Spring Meeting June 5 - 7, 2006 La Jolla, California

Texas A&M Univ selected list of recent papers related to the area of Energy Managment Systems and SCADA


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