Colloquia - Carl A. Gunter/University of Illinois, "Security and Privacy for the Smart Grid", ACES 2.402

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Jenna Whitney
Feb 21, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm

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Type o

f Talk: Colloquia

Speaker/Affiliation: Carl A. Gunter/University of Il


Talk Audience: UTCS Faculty, Graduate Students, Undergraduate
Students and Outside Interested Parties

Date/Time: Tuesday, February
21, 2012, 11:00 a.m.

Location: ACES 2.402

Host: Vitaly Shmatik

ov & CIAS

Talk Title: Security and Privacy for the Smart Grid


The electric power grid pre-dates computer and digital networking

technologies. As these technologies have progressed the power grid has shif

ted from electro-mechanical devices toward networked computers as a foundat

ion for intelligence and control. This trend has culminated in the concept

of the „Smart Grid‰, which envisions the use of networked computers to
transform the reliability and efficiency of power delivery. While providin

g many benefits, this change also invites some of the security and privacy
threats that have plagued networked computers in other application areas.

This talk will look at a selection of research efforts to address these thr

eats in various power grid environments. These include the home environment

, where the Smart Grid brings new ideas for monitoring power in homes to a

llow consumers to participate more directly in energy markets, and the sub

station environment, where automation improves remote management through h

igh-speed substation networks. Topics will include remote attestation for e

lectric power meters, verifying responses to load shed instructions, usin

g hardware to provide code white-listing, secure multicast IPsec, and met

er infrastructure for rural regions based on cognitive radio and white spac

es. The talk will also summarize some of the emerging research questions fo

r the Smart Grid that determine likely threats to security and privacy.

Carl A. Gunter is a professor in the Computer Science Department o

f the University of Illinois. He is director of Illinois Security Lab and d

irector of the HHS Strategic Healthcare IT Advanced Research Projects on Se

curity (SHARPS). He has made research contributions in the semantics of pr

ogramming languages, formal analysis of networks and security, and privac

y. His recent work concerns security and privacy issues for the power grid
and healthcare information technology. He is the author of more than 140 s

cientific research publications and patents and a textbook on semantics of

programming languages published by MIT Press. He is a founder of Probaris T

echnologies, a company that provides identity management technologies.