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Smart Grid Protection Against Cyber Attacks

Objective

The first aim that SPARKS will target is to promote awareness of existing and emerging smart grid cyber-security risks to stakeholders, including energy network operators, industry and policy makers. SPARKS will develop procedural and technical countermeasures, and provide cost assess-ments of the developed technologies via business cases. In addition, the project will investigate privacy issues related to smart grid development, especially in the areas related to customers like smart metering, taking into account existing legislation and providing guidance for future activities.

Technology development in SPARKS focuses on three core concepts required for secure smart grids: (1) cyber-attack resilient control systems; (2) real-time network monitoring of SCADA-based control systems; and (3) novel hardware security technologies for smart metering applications.

The control systems research will investigate the relationship between key control loops in a smart grid, and propose designs that enable semi-autonomous islands of control, which maintain stable operation in the face of attack or disruption. Breakthroughs in this area will propel the European smart grid infrastructure into a world-leading position. Real-time network monitoring and data analysis is key for building advanced SCADA-specific intrusion detection systems, which would protect European smart grid network assets and provide new commercial opportunities for European equipment manufacturers. SPARKS results will reduce the attack surface of smart grid systems, detect cyber-attacks in real-time, and improve the resilience of smart grid infrastructure during an attack.

SPARKS will provide a deeper understanding of the threats, vulnerabilities and economic consequences of cyber-attacks on smart grid infrastructure, raise awareness amongst industry leaders, present convincing information to stakeholders, lead the debate and draw through action to improve the cyber readiness of European network operators.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/data analysis

Call for proposal

FP7-SEC-2013-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Address
Giefinggasse 4
1210 Wien
Austria
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 033 079,75
Administrative Contact
Felix Schröpfer (Mr.)

Participants (8)

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 482 712,50
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Walter Krause (Mr.)
THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 441 440
Address
University Road Lanyon Building
BT7 1NN Belfast
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gavin Mcwilliams (Mr.)
ENERGIEINSTITUT AN DER JOHANNES KEPLER UNIVERSITAT LINZ VEREIN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 351 380
Address
Altenberger Strasse 69
4040 Linz
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Johannes Reichl (Dr.)
EMC INFORMATION SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 218 352
Address
Ida Industrial Site
P31 Ovens
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ger Hallissey (Mr.)
KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 346 192
Address
Brinellvagen 8
100 44 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Irene Johansson (Ms.)
Landis+Gyr AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 73 550
Address
Feldstrasse 1
6301 Zug
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paul Murdock (Mr.)
UNITED TECHNOLOGIES RESEARCH CENTREIRELAND, LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 267 625
Address
Penrose Quay Penrose Wharf Penrose Business Centre Fourth Floor
T23 Cork
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andrew O'leary (Mr.)
SWW WUNSIEDEL GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 215 220
Address
Rot Kreuz Strasse 6
95632 Wunsiedel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marco Krasser (Mr.)