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Secure deployment of SmartGrid equipment

: Kuntze, N.; Rudolph, C.


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers -IEEE-, Power & Energy Society -PES-:
IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting 2013. Vol.1 : Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 21 - 25 July 2013
Piscataway, NJ: IEEE, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4799-1302-2
ISBN: 978-1-4799-1303-9
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Power & Energy Society (PES General Meeting) <2013, Vancouver>
Fraunhofer SIT ()

Introducing the SmartGrid goes in hand with the deployment of a large number of devices and with the establishment of a rather conmplex communication infrastructure. SmartGrid equipment like SmartMeters, other remote sensors, control equipment, or additional sub-stations, all have different security requirements. Common to all of them is that each device needs to be securely identified in the infrastructure and that proper security management needs to be in place. To allow for remote management, security functionality has to be incorporated in the design of a device. Furthermore, unique identities and establishment of cryptographic keys for secure communication requires an individual initial configuration of each device. Currently, this initial configuration is a manual operation executed during deployment, often by copying configuration data from memory devices such as USB tokens or SD cards. This paper introduces a novel and secure approach to support efficient roll-out processes in the domain of SmartGrid equipment providing for a faster and cost efficient scheme using already available and standardized security technologies. The main goal is to totally remove any direct physical interaction with the device during deployment and without any client-specific preconfiguration.