Title

Threat Analysis of Smart Grid Consumer Premises Equipment

Date of Award

5-25-2010

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Security Management

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science

Department

Security Management

Advisor

Matthew Rutherford

Keywords

analysis; component; consumer; cybersecurity; Grid; HAN; Smart; SmartGrid; threat

Abstract

The inadequacies and inefficiencies of the present electrical generation, transmission, and distribution system have prompted energy utilities and government to seek solutions. The Smart Grid, a technological retrofit of the existing grid, is the proposed solution. A brief discussion of the existing grid and the proposed Smart grid is undertaken, followed by a vulnerability assessment of a hypothetical Consumer Home Energy Management System (CHEMS). The CHEMS possesses the combined attributes of similar products from three different manufacturers. Input and output ports of the CHEMS are enumerated, and the protocols and applications running on those ports are described and analyzed for known security vulnerabilities. A risk assessment then follows for each port, protocol, and application. Finally, mitigating strategies for addressing known vulnerabilities are offered.

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