cyber-physical security

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 9:00am - 9:45am
Christopher DeMarco (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
A long literature has illustrated the potentially severe consequences of subversion of feedback control within electric power grids, well before Stuxnet brought wide attention to the threat of industrial control system cyber-attacks. The electromechanical dynamics of the power system make it uniquely vulnerable. Power grids typically possess lightly damped, wide-area oscillatory modes, requiring relatively little control energy to destabilize, thereby allowing subverted control systems to induce wide-area instabilities.
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