Issues of Cybersecurity in Electric Power Systems

  • Nikolai Ivanovich Voropai Melentiev Energy Systems Institute Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Irkutsk, Russia
  • Irina Nikolaevna Kolosok Melentiev Energy Systems Institute Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Irkutsk, Russia
  • Elena Sergeevna Korkina Melentiev Energy Systems Institute Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Irkutsk, Russia
  • Aleksey Borisovich Osak Melentiev Energy Systems Institute Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Irkutsk, Russia
Keywords: Electric power system (EPS), cybersecurity, cyber threats, cyberattacks, counteraction, consequences, key research findings

Abstract

The study deals with the cybersecurity concept of cyber-physical electric power systems (EPSs) as a strategic issue of national importance, which affects all strata of society. The link between the cybersecurity of EPSs and Russia's energy security and information security is analyzed. Data on the number of cyberattacks on control systems of industrial enterprises, power plants, and substations for several years are provided. The consequences of cyberattacks for the operability of the EPS physical subsystem and its facilities are analyzed. Areas of research to counteract external cyber threats are outlined. The key findings of the EPS cybersecurity study carried out at the Energy Systems Institute of Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (ESI SB RAS) are summarized.

Published
2020-10-21