The effects of flooding attacks on time-critical communications in the smart grid

Qinghua Li, Chase Ross, Jing Yang, Jia Di, Juan Carlos Balda, H. Alan Mantooth

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Abstract

Many smart grid communications are delay sensitive and have very strict timing requirements for message deliveries. For example, trip protection messages must be delivered to the destination within 3 ms according to IEC 61850. Such time-critical communications are vulnerable to flooding attacks which attempt to increase message delivery delay through congesting the network channel and exhausting the computation resources of the communicating nodes. However, there is a lack of understanding on how much flooding attacks affect message delivery delays. In this paper, we conduct experimental studies to investigate how flooding attacks affect message delivery delays for time-critical communications in smart grid. Our experiments are based on both wireless networks in a lab and wired networks in a real, industry-standard electric power facility. Experimental results show that even low-rate flooding attacks can significantly increase the message delivery delays, especially when wireless networks are used.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2015 IEEE Power and Energy Society Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference, ISGT 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781479917853
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 23 2015
Event2015 IEEE Power and Energy Society Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference, ISGT 2015 - Washington, United States
Duration: Feb 18 2015Feb 20 2015

Publication series

Name2015 IEEE Power and Energy Society Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference, ISGT 2015

Other

Other2015 IEEE Power and Energy Society Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference, ISGT 2015
CountryUnited States
CityWashington
Period2/18/152/20/15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Li, Q., Ross, C., Yang, J., Di, J., Balda, J. C., & Mantooth, H. A. (2015). The effects of flooding attacks on time-critical communications in the smart grid. In 2015 IEEE Power and Energy Society Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference, ISGT 2015 [7131802] (2015 IEEE Power and Energy Society Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference, ISGT 2015). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ISGT.2015.7131802