The Efficacy and Challenges of SCADA and Smart Grid Integration


Posted: February 10, 2016 | By: Les Cardwell, Annie Shebanow


In this paper, we explored the Smart Grid initiative and described integration of SCADA systems into the Smart Grid, including an overview of the problem domain as a whole. We then showed that the outer bounds and limits of the security requirements are as yet not known, and until the architecture and its implementation are complete, repeatable, and mature, the “wicked complexity” of systems will exist due to the “unknown” aspects of cybersecurity. Also discussed are possible approaches for addressing the complexities in securing a utility’s cyber-structure, and some of the efforts that seek to address the security concerns and requirements of the initiative. While solutions are forthcoming, a pervasive industry-wide answer to the challenge is still evolving.



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