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Cyber-attacks on Smart Grid Infrastructures

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Over the last decade we have seen the increasing integration of energy distribution and generation systems around the globe. The use of advanced scheduling algorithms and so-called ‘Smart Grid’ technologies offer flexible solutions to changing patterns of demand – however, they also create significant vulnerabilities. In this talk, I will describe the recent collapse of international power networks across Europe, Asia and North America – focussing on the role that computational systems played in these failures. In the second half of the talk, I will consider the insights that these failures provide about the vulnerabilities of Smart Grid infrastructures to state-sponsored cyber-attacks. This last topic is closely related to two recent projects on the cyber-security of the new UK civil nuclear reactor programme.

This talk is part of the Computer Science Departmental Series series.

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