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Title: Reliable and secure information and communications systems for electrical utilities
Author: O'Raw, John
ISNI:       0000 0004 9355 9777
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2020
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Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) systems have become pervasive. The underlying technologies of these systems were developed before security was a priority. Using conventional approaches, it is not possible to mitigate these systems adequately for use in Critical Infrastructure (CI). Some strategies have been considered for legacy sites. A novel approach to asset identification is considered. Restricting data flows is a solution for security issues in certain classes of applications and the data diode is an example of such an implementation. This has been demonstrated in a smart grid context using standardized phasor measurement data. To make this approach more scalable, an OpenFlow Software-Defined Network (SDN) may be used. Vulnerabilities in this approach are identified and the attack surface minimised. Configuration and change as a vector for vulnerability is mitigated by automating provisioning, based on IEC 61850 data models. This solution is then generalized for provisioning any NETCONF/YANG compatible network devices. Finally, these ideas are combined in the concept of a software-defined node, where the core functionality of a processing device is separated from its data communications functionality. There is no access path between the core processor and the external network.
Supervisor: Laverty, David ; Morrow, David Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Data Diode ; IEC61850 ; SDN ; SD-Node