Efficient Signature Scheme for Delivering Authentic Control Commands in the Smart Grid.

Saxena, N. and Grijalva, S., 2017. Efficient Signature Scheme for Delivering Authentic Control Commands in the Smart Grid. IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1109/TSG.2017.2655014

Abstract

Enabling secure delivery of control commands and alert messages is one of the critical requirements of smart grid communications. If adversaries were to gain access, they could alter or send malicious commands from the control center, intended to the Remote Terminal Units (RTUs) and Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs). These malicious commands could disrupt power system operations and cause damage to power devices. In this paper, we propose an efficient signature scheme for ensuring the delivery of only legitimate commands over the communication network. We propose efficient signatures using hash that are sent by the control center along with commands for protecting command alteration over the network, which also provide sender authenticity by verifying the signatures at the RTU/IED. By using the proposed scheme, both random and malicious commands sent by an adversary are discarded. The security analysis shows that the scheme is secure against replay, repudiation, and impersonation attacks. The performance evaluation and prototype simulation show that our signature scheme using SHA1, SHA256, SHA384 is feasible, and can be used for communications from the control center to the field.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1949-3061
Additional Information:(c) 2017 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. Permission from IEEE must be obtained for all other users, including reprinting/ republishing this material for advertising or promotional purposes, creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or reuse of any copyrighted components of this work in other work.
Uncontrolled Keywords:security attacks; Smart grid security; power system communications; malicious commands; short signature
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:26839
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:06 Feb 2017 16:34
Last Modified:06 Feb 2017 16:34

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