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2019-11-19
Ying, Huan, Zhang, Yanmiao, Han, Lifang, Cheng, Yushi, Li, Jiyuan, Ji, Xiaoyu, Xu, Wenyuan.  2019.  Detecting Buffer-Overflow Vulnerabilities in Smart Grid Devices via Automatic Static Analysis. 2019 IEEE 3rd Information Technology, Networking, Electronic and Automation Control Conference (ITNEC). :813-817.

As a modern power transmission network, smart grid connects plenty of terminal devices. However, along with the growth of devices are the security threats. Different from the previous separated environment, an adversary nowadays can destroy the power system by attacking these devices. Therefore, it's critical to ensure the security and safety of terminal devices. To achieve this goal, detecting the pre-existing vulnerabilities of the device program and enhance the terminal security, are of great importance and necessity. In this paper, we propose a novel approach that detects existing buffer-overflow vulnerabilities of terminal devices via automatic static analysis (ASA). We utilize the static analysis to extract the device program information and build corresponding program models. By further matching the generated program model with pre-defined vulnerability patterns, we achieve vulnerability detection and error reporting. The evaluation results demonstrate that our method can effectively detect buffer-overflow vulnerabilities of smart terminals with a high accuracy and a low false positive rate.

Wang, Bo, Wang, Xunting.  2018.  Vulnerability Assessment Method for Cyber Physical Power System Considering Node Heterogeneity. 2018 IEEE Innovative Smart Grid Technologies - Asia (ISGT Asia). :1109-1113.
In order to make up for the shortcomings of traditional evaluation methods neglecting node difference, a vulnerability assessment method considering node heterogeneity for cyber physical power system (CPPS) is proposed. Based on the entropy of the power flow and complex network theory, we establish heterogeneity evaluation index system for CPPS, which considers the survivability of island survivability and short-term operation of the communication network. For mustration, hierarchical CPPS model and distributed CPPS model are established respectively based on partitioning characteristic and different relationships of power grid and communication network. Simulation results show that distributed system is more robust than hierarchical system of different weighting factor whether under random attack or deliberate attack and a hierarchical system is more sensitive to the weighting factor. The proposed method has a better recognition effect on the equilibrium of the network structure and can assess the vulnerability of CPPS more accurately.
2019-10-02
Zhang, Y., Eisele, S., Dubey, A., Laszka, A., Srivastava, A. K..  2019.  Cyber-Physical Simulation Platform for Security Assessment of Transactive Energy Systems. 2019 7th Workshop on Modeling and Simulation of Cyber-Physical Energy Systems (MSCPES). :1–6.
Transactive energy systems (TES) are emerging as a transformative solution for the problems that distribution system operators face due to an increase in the use of distributed energy resources and rapid growth in scalability of managing active distribution system (ADS). On the one hand, these changes pose a decentralized power system control problem, requiring strategic control to maintain reliability and resiliency for the community and for the utility. On the other hand, they require robust financial markets while allowing participation from diverse prosumers. To support the computing and flexibility requirements of TES while preserving privacy and security, distributed software platforms are required. In this paper, we enable the study and analysis of security concerns by developing Transactive Energy Security Simulation Testbed (TESST), a TES testbed for simulating various cyber attacks. In this work, the testbed is used for TES simulation with centralized clearing market, highlighting weaknesses in a centralized system. Additionally, we present a blockchain enabled decentralized market solution supported by distributed computing for TES, which on one hand can alleviate some of the problems that we identify, but on the other hand, may introduce newer issues. Future study of these differing paradigms is necessary and will continue as we develop our security simulation testbed.
2019-09-11
Wang, L., Wang, D., Gao, J., Huo, C., Bai, H., Yuan, J..  2019.  Research on Multi-Source Data Security Protection of Smart Grid Based on Quantum Key Combination. 2019 IEEE 4th International Conference on Cloud Computing and Big Data Analysis (ICCCBDA). :449–453.

Power communication network is an important infrastructure of power system. For a large number of widely distributed business terminals and communication terminals. The data protection is related to the safe and stable operation of the whole power grid. How to solve the problem that lots of nodes need a large number of keys and avoid the situation that these nodes cannot exchange information safely because of the lack of keys. In order to solve the problem, this paper proposed a segmentation and combination technology based on quantum key to extend the limited key. The basic idea was to obtain a division scheme according to different conditions, and divide a key into several different sub-keys, and then combine these key segments to generate new keys and distribute them to different terminals in the system. Sufficient keys were beneficial to key updating, and could effectively enhance the ability of communication system to resist damage and intrusion. Through the analysis and calculation, the validity of this method in the use of limited quantum keys to achieve the business data secure transmission of a large number of terminal was further verified.

Xi, W., Suo, S., Cai, T., Jian, G., Yao, H., Fan, L..  2019.  A Design and Implementation Method of IPSec Security Chip for Power Distribution Network System Based on National Cryptographic Algorithms. 2019 IEEE 3rd Information Technology, Networking, Electronic and Automation Control Conference (ITNEC). :2307–2310.

The target of security protection of the power distribution automation system (the distribution system for short) is to ensure the security of communication between the distribution terminal (terminal for short) and the distribution master station (master system for short). The encryption and authentication gateway (VPN gateway for short) for distribution system enhances the network layer communication security between the terminal and the VPN gateway. The distribution application layer encryption authentication device (master cipher machine for short) ensures the confidentiality and integrity of data transmission in application layer, and realizes the identity authentication between the master station and the terminal. All these measures are used to prevent malicious damage and attack to the master system by forging terminal identity, replay attack and other illegal operations, in order to prevent the resulting distribution network system accidents. Based on the security protection scheme of the power distribution automation system, this paper carries out the development of multi-chip encapsulation, develops IPSec Protocols software within the security chip, and realizes dual encryption and authentication function in IP layer and application layer supporting the national cryptographic algorithm.

2019-07-01
Akhtar, T., Gupta, B. B., Yamaguchi, S..  2018.  Malware propagation effects on SCADA system and smart power grid. 2018 IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics (ICCE). :1–6.

Critical infrastructures have suffered from different kind of cyber attacks over the years. Many of these attacks are performed using malwares by exploiting the vulnerabilities of these resources. Smart power grid is one of the major victim which suffered from these attacks and its SCADA system are frequently targeted. In this paper we describe our proposed framework to analyze smart power grid, while its SCADA system is under attack by malware. Malware propagation and its effects on SCADA system is the focal point of our analysis. OMNeT++ simulator and openDSS is used for developing and analyzing the simulated smart power grid environment.

Kolosok, I., Korkina, E., Mahnitko, A., Gavrilovs, A..  2018.  Supporting Cyber-Physical Security of Electric Power System by the State Estimation Technique. 2018 IEEE 59th International Scientific Conference on Power and Electrical Engineering of Riga Technical University (RTUCON). :1–6.

Security is one of the most important properties of electric power system (EPS). We consider the state estimation (SE) tool as a barrier to the corruption of data on current operating conditions of the EPS. An algorithm for a two-level SE on the basis of SCADA and WAMS measurements is effective in terms of detection of malicious attacks on energy system. The article suggests a methodology to identify cyberattacks on SCADA and WAMS.

2019-06-24
Cao, H., Liu, S., Guan, Z., Wu, L., Deng, H., Du, X..  2018.  An Efficient Privacy-Preserving Algorithm Based on Randomized Response in IoT-Based Smart Grid. 2018 IEEE SmartWorld, Ubiquitous Intelligence Computing, Advanced Trusted Computing, Scalable Computing Communications, Cloud Big Data Computing, Internet of People and Smart City Innovation (SmartWorld/SCALCOM/UIC/ATC/CBDCom/IOP/SCI). :881–886.

In this paper, we propose a new randomized response algorithm that can achieve differential-privacy and utility guarantees for consumer's behaviors, and process a batch of data at each time. Firstly, differing from traditional differential private approach-es, we add randomized response noise into the behavior signa-tures matrix to achieve an acceptable utility-privacy tradeoff. Secondly, a behavior signature modeling method based on sparse coding is proposed. After some lightweight trainings us-ing the energy consumption data, the dictionary will be associat-ed with the behavior characteristics of the electric appliances. At last, through the experimental results verification, we find that our Algorithm can preserve consumer's privacy without comprising utility.

2019-05-01
Shen, W., Liu, Y., Wu, Q., Tian, Y., Liu, Y., Peng, H..  2018.  Application of Dynamic Security Technology Architecture for Advanced Directional Attacks in Power System Information Security. 2018 International Conference on Power System Technology (POWERCON). :3042–3047.

In view of the increasingly severe network security situation of power information system, this paper draws on the experience of construction of security technology system at home and abroad, with the continuous monitoring and analysis as the core, covering the closed-loop management of defense, detection, response and prediction security as the starting point, Based on the existing defense-based static security protection architecture, a dynamic security technology architecture based on detection and response is established. Compared with the traditional PDR architecture, the architecture adds security threat prediction, strengthens behavior-based detection, and further explains the concept of dynamic defense, so that it can adapt to changes in the grid IT infrastructure and business application systems. A unified security strategy can be formed to deal with more secretive and professional advanced attacks in the future. The architecture emphasizes that network security is a cyclical confrontation process. Enterprise network security thinking should change from the past “emergency response” to “continuous response”, real-time dynamic analysis of security threats, and automatically adapt to changing networks and threat environments, and Constantly optimize its own security defense mechanism, thus effectively solving the problem of the comprehensive technology transformation and upgrading of the security technology system from the traditional passive defense to the active sensing, from the simple defense to the active confrontation, and from the independent protection to the intelligence-driven. At the same time, the paper also gives the technical evolution route of the architecture, which provides a planning basis and a landing method for the continuous fulfillment of the new requirements of the security of the power information system during the 13th Five-Year Plan period.

Konstantelos, I., Jamgotchian, G., Tindemans, S., Duchesne, P., Cole, S., Merckx, C., Strbac, G., Panciatici, P..  2018.  Implementation of a Massively Parallel Dynamic Security Assessment Platform for Large-Scale Grids. 2018 IEEE Power Energy Society General Meeting (PESGM). :1–1.

This paper presents a computational platform for dynamic security assessment (DSA) of large electricity grids, developed as part of the iTesla project. It leverages High Performance Computing (HPC) to analyze large power systems, with many scenarios and possible contingencies, thus paving the way for pan-European operational stability analysis. The results of the DSA are summarized by decision trees of 11 stability indicators. The platform's workflow and parallel implementation architecture is described in detail, including the way commercial tools are integrated into a plug-in architecture. A case study of the French grid is presented, with over 8000 scenarios and 1980 contingencies. Performance data of the case study (using 10,000 parallel cores) is analyzed, including task timings and data flows. Finally, the generated decision trees are compared with test data to quantify the functional performance of the DSA platform.

2019-03-28
Subasi, A., Al-Marwani, K., Alghamdi, R., Kwairanga, A., Qaisar, S. M., Al-Nory, M., Rambo, K. A..  2018.  Intrusion Detection in Smart Grid Using Data Mining Techniques. 2018 21st Saudi Computer Society National Computer Conference (NCC). :1-6.

The rapid growth of population and industrialization has given rise to the way for the use of technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT). Innovations in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) carries with it many challenges to our privacy's expectations and security. In Smart environments there are uses of security devices and smart appliances, sensors and energy meters. New requirements in security and privacy are driven by the massive growth of devices numbers that are connected to IoT which increases concerns in security and privacy. The most ubiquitous threats to the security of the smart grids (SG) ascended from infrastructural physical damages, destroying data, malwares, DoS, and intrusions. Intrusion detection comprehends illegitimate access to information and attacks which creates physical disruption in the availability of servers. This work proposes an intrusion detection system using data mining techniques for intrusion detection in smart grid environment. The results showed that the proposed random forest method with a total classification accuracy of 98.94 %, F-measure of 0.989, area under the ROC curve (AUC) of 0.999, and kappa value of 0.9865 outperforms over other classification methods. In addition, the feasibility of our method has been successfully demonstrated by comparing other classification techniques such as ANN, k-NN, SVM and Rotation Forest.

Costantino, G., Marra, A. La, Martinelli, F., Mori, P., Saracino, A..  2018.  Privacy Preserving Distributed Computation of Private Attributes for Collaborative Privacy Aware Usage Control Systems. 2018 IEEE International Conference on Smart Computing (SMARTCOMP). :315-320.

Collaborative smart services provide functionalities which exploit data collected from different sources to provide benefits to a community of users. Such data, however, might be privacy sensitive and their disclosure has to be avoided. In this paper, we present a distributed multi-tier framework intended for smart-environment management, based on usage control for policy evaluation and enforcement on devices belonging to different collaborating entities. The proposed framework exploits secure multi-party computation to evaluate policy conditions without disclosing actual value of evaluated attributes, to preserve privacy. As reference example, a smart-grid use case is presented.

Ambassa, P. L., Kayem, A. V. D. M., Wolthusen, S. D., Meinel, C..  2018.  Privacy Risks in Resource Constrained Smart Micro-Grids. 2018 32nd International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications Workshops (WAINA). :527-532.

In rural/remote areas, resource constrained smart micro-grid (RCSMG) architectures can offer a cost-effective power management and supply alternative to national power grid connections. RCSMG architectures handle communications over distributed lossy networks to minimize operation costs. However, the unreliable nature of lossy networks makes privacy an important consideration. Existing anonymisation works on data perturbation work mainly by distortion with additive noise. Apply these solutions to RCSMGs is problematic, because deliberate noise additions must be distinguishable both from system and adversarial generated noise. In this paper, we present a brief survey of privacy risks in RCSMGs centered on inference, and propose a method of mitigating these risks. The lesson here is that while RCSMGs give users more control over power management and distribution, good anonymisation is essential to protecting personal information on RCSMGs.

Wen, M., Yao, D., Li, B., Lu, R..  2018.  State Estimation Based Energy Theft Detection Scheme with Privacy Preservation in Smart Grid. 2018 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC). :1-6.

The increasing deployment of smart meters at individual households has significantly improved people's experience in electricity bill payments and energy savings. It is, however, still challenging to guarantee the accurate detection of attacked meters' behaviors as well as the effective preservation of users'privacy information. In addition, rare existing research studies jointly consider both these two aspects. In this paper, we propose a Privacy-Preserving energy Theft Detection scheme (PPTD) to address the energy theft behaviors and information privacy issues in smart grid. Specifically, we use a recursive filter based on state estimation to estimate the user's energy consumption, and detect the abnormal data. During data transmission, we use the lightweight NTRU algorithm to encrypt the user's data to achieve privacy preservation. Security analysis demonstrates that in the PPTD scheme, only authorized units can transmit/receive data, and data privacy are also preserved. The performance evaluation results illustrate that our PPTD scheme can significantly reduce the communication and computation costs, and effectively detect abnormal users.

He, Z., Pan, S., Lin, D..  2018.  PMDA: Privacy-Preserving Multi-Functional Data Aggregation Without TTP in Smart Grid. 2018 17th IEEE International Conference On Trust, Security And Privacy In Computing And Communications/ 12th IEEE International Conference On Big Data Science And Engineering (TrustCom/BigDataSE). :1107-1114.

In the smart grid, residents' electricity usage needs to be periodically measured and reported for the purpose of better energy management. At the same time, real-time collection of residents' electricity consumption may unfavorably incur privacy leakage, which has motivated the research on privacy-preserving aggregation of electricity readings. Most previous studies either rely on a trusted third party (TTP) or suffer from expensive computation. In this paper, we first reveal the privacy flaws of a very recent scheme pursing privacy preservation without relying on the TTP. By presenting concrete attacks, we show that this scheme has failed to meet the design goals. Then, for better privacy protection, we construct a new scheme called PMDA, which utilizes Shamir's secret sharing to allow smart meters to negotiate aggregation parameters in the absence of a TTP. Using only lightweight cryptography, PMDA efficiently supports multi-functional aggregation of the electricity readings, and simultaneously preserves residents' privacy. Theoretical analysis is provided with regard to PMDA's security and efficiency. Moreover, experimental data obtained from a prototype indicates that our proposal is efficient and feasible for practical deployment.

Bagri, D., Rathore, S. K..  2018.  Research Issues Based on Comparative Work Related to Data Security and Privacy Preservation in Smart Grid. 2018 4th International Conference on Computing Sciences (ICCS). :88-91.

With the advancement of Technology, the existing electric grids are shifting towards smart grid. The smart grids are meant to be effective in power management, secure and safe in communication and more importantly, it is favourable to the environment. The smart grid is having huge architecture it includes various stakeholders that encounter challenges in the name of authorisation and authentication. The smart grid has another important issue to deal with that is securing the communication from varieties of cyber-attacks. In this paper, we first discussed about the challenges in the smart grid data communication and later we surveyed the existing cryptographic algorithm and presented comparative work on certain factors for existing working cryptographic algorithms This work gives insight conclusion to improve the working scheme for data security and Privacy preservation of customer who is one of the stack holders. Finally, with the comparative work, we suggest a direction of future work on improvement of working algorithms for secure and safe data communication in a smart grid.

2019-03-25
Jaatun, M. G., Moe, M. E. Gaup, Nordbø, P. E..  2018.  Cyber Security Considerations for Self-healing Smart Grid Networks. 2018 International Conference on Cyber Security and Protection of Digital Services (Cyber Security). :1–7.
Fault Location, Isolation and System Restoration (FLISR) mechanisms allow for rapid restoration of power to customers that are not directly implicated by distribution network failures. However, depending on where the logic for the FLISR system is located, deployment may have security implications for the distribution network. This paper discusses alternative FLISR placements in terms of cyber security considerations, concluding that there is a case for both local and centralized FLISR solutions.
Pournaras, E., Ballandies, M., Acharya, D., Thapa, M., Brandt, B..  2018.  Prototyping Self-Managed Interdependent Networks - Self-Healing Synergies against Cascading Failures. 2018 IEEE/ACM 13th International Symposium on Software Engineering for Adaptive and Self-Managing Systems (SEAMS). :119–129.
The interconnection of networks between several techno-socio-economic sectors such as energy, transport, and communication, questions the manageability and resilience of the digital society. System interdependencies alter the fundamental dynamics that govern isolated systems, which can unexpectedly trigger catastrophic instabilities such as cascading failures. This paper envisions a general-purpose, yet simple prototyping of self-management software systems that can turn system interdependencies from a cause of instability to an opportunity for higher resilience. Such prototyping proves to be challenging given the highly interdisciplinary scope of interdependent networks. Different system dynamics and organizational constraints such as the distributed nature of interdependent networks or the autonomy and authority of system operators over their controlled infrastructure perplex the design for a general prototyping approach, which earlier work has not yet addressed. This paper contributes such a modular design solution implemented as an open source software extension of SFINA, the Simulation Framework for Intelligent Network Adaptations. The applicability of the software artifact is demonstrated with the introduction of a novel self-healing mechanism for interdependent power networks, which optimizes power flow exchanges between a damaged and a healer network to mitigate power cascading failures. Results show a significant decrease in the damage spread by self-healing synergies, while the degree of interconnectivity between the power networks indicates a tradeoff between links survivability and load served. The contributions of this paper aspire to bring closer several research communities working on modeling and simulation of different domains with an economic and societal impact on the resilience of real-world interdependent networks.
2019-03-22
Obert, J., Chavez, A., Johnson, J..  2018.  Behavioral Based Trust Metrics and the Smart Grid. 2018 17th IEEE International Conference On Trust, Security And Privacy In Computing And Communications/ 12th IEEE International Conference On Big Data Science And Engineering (TrustCom/BigDataSE). :1490-1493.

To ensure reliable and predictable service in the electrical grid it is important to gauge the level of trust present within critical components and substations. Although trust throughout a smart grid is temporal and dynamically varies according to measured states, it is possible to accurately formulate communications and service level strategies based on such trust measurements. Utilizing an effective set of machine learning and statistical methods, it is shown that establishment of trust levels between substations using behavioral pattern analysis is possible. It is also shown that the establishment of such trust can facilitate simple secure communications routing between substations.

Terzi, D. S., Arslan, B., Sagiroglu, S..  2018.  Smart Grid Security Evaluation with a Big Data Use Case. 2018 IEEE 12th International Conference on Compatibility, Power Electronics and Power Engineering (CPE-POWERENG 2018). :1-6.

Technological developments in the energy sector while offering new business insights, also produces complex data. In this study, the relationship between smart grid and big data approaches have been investigated. After analyzing where the big data techniques and technologies are used in which areas of smart grid systems, the big data technologies used to detect attacks on smart grids have been focused on. Big data analytics produces efficient solutions, but it is more critical to choose which algorithm and metric. For this reason, an application prototype has been proposed using big data approaches to detect attacks on smart grids. The algorithms with high accuracy were determined as 92% with Random Forest and 87% with Decision Tree.

2019-03-18
Gunduz, M. Z., Das, R..  2018.  A comparison of cyber-security oriented testbeds for IoT-based smart grids. 2018 6th International Symposium on Digital Forensic and Security (ISDFS). :1–6.

Combining conventional power networks and information communication technologies forms smart grid concept. Researches on the evolution of conventional power grid system into smart grid continue thanks to the development of communication and information technologies hopefully. Testing of smart grid systems is usually performed in simulation environments. However, achieving more effective real-world implementations, a smart grid application needs a real-world test environment, called testbed. Smart grid, which is the combination of conventional electricity line with information communication technologies, is vulnerable to cyber-attacks and this is a key challenge improving the smart grid. The vulnerabilities to cyber-attacks in smart grid arise from information communication technologies' nature inherently. Testbeds, which cyber-security researches and studies can be performed, are needed to find effective solutions against cyber-attacks capabilities in smart grid practices. In this paper, an evaluation of existing smart grid testbeds with the capability of cyber security is presented. First, background, domains, research areas and security issues in smart grid are introduced briefly. Then smart grid testbeds and features are explained. Also, existing security-oriented testbeds and cyber-attack testing capabilities of testbeds are evaluated. Finally, we conclude the study and give some recommendations for security-oriented testbed implementations.

Demirci, S., Sagiroglu, S..  2018.  Software-Defined Networking for Improving Security in Smart Grid Systems. 2018 7th International Conference on Renewable Energy Research and Applications (ICRERA). :1021–1026.

This paper presents a review on how to benefit from software-defined networking (SDN) to enhance smart grid security. For this purpose, the attacks threatening traditional smart grid systems are classified according to availability, integrity, and confidentiality, which are the main cyber-security objectives. The traditional smart grid architecture is redefined with SDN and a conceptual model for SDN-based smart grid systems is proposed. SDN based solutions to the mentioned security threats are also classified and evaluated. Our conclusions suggest that SDN helps to improve smart grid security by providing real-time monitoring, programmability, wide-area security management, fast recovery from failures, distributed security and smart decision making based on big data analytics.

Chen, L., Liu, J., Ha, W..  2018.  Cloud Service Risk in the Smart Grid. 2018 14th International Conference on Computational Intelligence and Security (CIS). :242–244.

Smart grid utilizes cloud service to realize reliable, efficient, secured, and cost-effective power management, but there are a number of security risks in the cloud service of smart grid. The security risks are particularly problematic to operators of power information infrastructure who want to leverage the benefits of cloud. In this paper, security risk of cloud service in the smart grid are categorized and analyzed characteristics, and multi-layered index system of general technical risks is established, which applies to different patterns of cloud service. Cloud service risk of smart grid can evaluate according indexes.

Albarakati, A., Moussa, B., Debbabi, M., Youssef, A., Agba, B. L., Kassouf, M..  2018.  OpenStack-Based Evaluation Framework for Smart Grid Cyber Security. 2018 IEEE International Conference on Communications, Control, and Computing Technologies for Smart Grids (SmartGridComm). :1–6.

The rapid evolution of the power grid into a smart one calls for innovative and compelling means to experiment with the upcoming expansions, and analyze their behavioral response under normal circumstances and when targeted by attacks. Such analysis is fundamental to setting up solid foundations for the smart grid. Smart grid Hardware-In-the-Loop (HIL) co-simulation environments serve as a key approach to answer questions on the systems components, functionality, security concerns along with analysis of the system outcome and expected behavior. In this paper, we introduce a HIL co-simulation framework capable of simulating the smart grid actions and responses to attacks targeting its power and communication components. Our testbed is equipped with a real-time power grid simulator, and an associated OpenStack-based communication network. Through the utilized communication network, we can emulate a multitude of attacks targeting the power system, and evaluating the grid response to those attacks. Moreover, we present different illustrative cyber attacks use cases, and analyze the smart grid behavior in the presence of those attacks.

Yongdong, C., Wei, W., Yanling, Z., Jinshuai, W..  2018.  Lightweight Security Signaling Mechanism in Optical Network for Smart Power Grid. 2018 IEEE International Conference on Computer and Communication Engineering Technology (CCET). :110–113.

The communication security issue brought by Smart Grid is of great importance and should not be ignored in backbone optical networks. With the aim to solve this problem, this paper firstly conducts deep analysis into the security challenge of optical network under smart power grid environment and proposes a so-called lightweight security signaling mechanism of multi-domain optical network for Energy Internet. The proposed scheme makes full advantage of current signaling protocol with some necessary extensions and security improvement. Thus, this lightweight security signaling protocol is designed to make sure the end-to-end trusted connection. Under the multi-domain communication services of smart power grid, evaluation simulation for the signaling interaction is conducted. Simulation results show that this proposed approach can greatly improve the security level of large-scale multi-domain optical network for smart power grid with better performance in term of connection success rate performance.