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Security gaps assessment of smart grid based SCADA systems

Abdul Wahid Mir (Institute of Engineering and Technology, Chitkara University, Patiala, India)
Ramkumar Ketti Ramachandran (Institute of Engineering and Technology, Chitkara University, Patiala, India)

Information and Computer Security

ISSN: 2056-4961

Article publication date: 17 June 2019

Issue publication date: 19 June 2019

Abstract

Purpose

Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems security is of paramount importance, and there should be a holistic approach to it, as any gap in the security will lead to critical national-level disaster. The purpose of this paper is to present the case study of security gaps assessment of SCADA systems of electricity utility company in the Sultanate of Oman against the regulatory standard and security baseline requirements published by the Authority for Electricity Regulation (AER), Government of Sultanate of Oman.

Design/methodology/approach

The security gaps assessment presented in this paper are based on the security baseline requirements that include core areas, controls for each core area and requirements for each control.

Findings

The paper provides the security gaps assessment summary of SCADA systems of electricity utility company.

Practical implications

The summary of threats and vulnerabilities presented will help stakeholders to be proactive rather than reactive in the event of any attack.

Originality/value

This case study discusses the various security challenges in smart grid based on SCADA systems and provides the summary of challenges and recommendations to overcome the same.

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Citation

Mir, A.W. and Ketti Ramachandran, R. (2019), "Security gaps assessment of smart grid based SCADA systems", Information and Computer Security, Vol. 27 No. 3, pp. 434-452. https://doi.org/10.1108/ICS-12-2018-0146

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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