Managing Incidents in Smart Grids à la Cloud

TitleManaging Incidents in Smart Grids à la Cloud
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsC. Alcaraz, I. Agudo, D. Nuñez, and J. Lopez
Conference NameIEEE CloudCom 2011
Date PublishedNov-Dec 2011
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Conference LocationAthens, Greece
ISBN Number978-0-7695-4622-3
KeywordsCloud Computing, Cryptography, Incident Management, SCADA Systems, Searchable Encryption, Smart Grid

During the last decade, the Cloud Computing paradigm has emerged as a panacea for many problems in traditional IT infrastructures. Much has been said about the potential of Cloud Computing in the Smart Grid context, but unfortunately it is still relegated to a second layer when it comes to critical systems. Although the advantages of outsourcing those kind of applications to the cloud is clear, data confidentiality and operational privacy stand as mayor drawbacks. In this paper, we try to give some hints on which security mechanisms and more specific, which cryptographic schemes, will help a better integration of Smart Grids and Clouds. We propose the use of Virtual SCADA in the Cloud (VS-Cloud) as a mean to improve reliability and efficiency whilst maintaining the same protection level as in traditional SCADA architectures.


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