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Safe and Secure Software-Defined Networks for Smart Electricity Substations

Holik, Filip; Broadbent, Matthew; Findrik, Mislav; Smith, Paul; Race, Nicholas


Filip Holik

Matthew Broadbent

Mislav Findrik

Paul Smith

Nicholas Race


The next generation of smart electricity substations and grids are on the horizon. Part of the drive behind this movement is a need to improve safety and security. In parallel, software-defined networking has been proposed as a disruptive approach when deployed in these environments, presenting the opportunity to deploy novel functionality alongside existing forwarding behaviour. The benefits of software-defined networking are clear. Yet, if this technology is deployed without due care and attention, then it has the potential to reduce the safety and security of energy systems. In this paper we identify the aspects that must be considered to maintain the stringent requirements imposed by substation networks. With these as a basis, we provide recommendations for the successful deployment of software-defined networking technologies in these environments. We then demonstrate how additional functionality can be brought to the network without violating these requirements.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name 12th Asian Conference, ACIIDS 2020
Start Date Mar 23, 2020
End Date Mar 26, 2020
Acceptance Date Feb 3, 2020
Online Publication Date Mar 3, 2020
Publication Date 2020
Deposit Date Feb 8, 2022
Publisher Springer
Pages 179-191
Series Title Communications in Computer and Information Science
Series Number 1178
Series ISSN 1865-0937
Book Title Intelligent Information and Database Systems: 12th Asian Conference, ACIIDS 2020, Phuket, Thailand, March 23–26, 2020, Proceedings
ISBN 978-981-15-3379-2
Keywords ACL, Electricity substation, Safety and security requirements, SDN, Smart Grid
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