Cyber-interdependency in Smart Energy Systems

Razgar Ebrahimy, Zoya Pourmirza


Critical infrastructures are highly interdependent due to the services they receive and provide to one another. These interdependencies include physical, logical, geographical and cyber. Most of these interdependencies have been studied extensively apart from the cyber interdependency which is the main focus of this paper. Critical infrastructures have cyber interdependency when the state of a physical infrastructure (energy, transport, water, waste, etc.) depends on the information transmitted through the information infrastructure. The communication network is the backbone of smart energy systems and is responsible for transmission of data from all sub-systems in both directions. Due to the complexity and combination of many sub-systems that form smart energy systems, data is generated at different levels within such systems. The data at each layer is different and has its own cyber characteristics. Knowing these characteristics and interdependencies at each layer provides the foundation for designing an appropriate ICT architecture that fits that segment (layer) rather than having an ICT architecture that is generic and designed for all layers but susceptible to risks. This paper outlines a new approach by focusing only on the cyber interdependencies in smart energy systems and how they effect the Smart Grid.


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Ebrahimy R. and Pourmirza Z. (2017). Cyber-interdependency in Smart Energy Systems . In Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Information Systems Security and Privacy - Volume 1: ICISSP, ISBN 978-989-758-209-7, pages 529-537. DOI: 10.5220/0006262805290537

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author={Razgar Ebrahimy and Zoya Pourmirza},
title={Cyber-interdependency in Smart Energy Systems},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Information Systems Security and Privacy - Volume 1: ICISSP,},

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JO - Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Information Systems Security and Privacy - Volume 1: ICISSP,
TI - Cyber-interdependency in Smart Energy Systems
SN - 978-989-758-209-7
AU - Ebrahimy R.
AU - Pourmirza Z.
PY - 2017
SP - 529
EP - 537
DO - 10.5220/0006262805290537