Intrusion detection system for IEC 61850 based smart substations

Yi Yang, Kieran McLaughlin, Lei Gao, Sakir Sezer, Yubo Yuan, Yanfeng Gong

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7 Citations (Scopus)


With the development of IEC 61850 smart substations, emerging cybersecurity vulnerabilities in supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems are becoming an urgent engineering issue for modern substations. This paper proposes a novel intrusion detection system (IDS) tailored for cybersecurity of IEC 61850 substations. The proposed IDS analyzes multidimensional physical knowledge and behaviors to provide a comprehensive and effective solution that is able to mitigate various cyber threats. This IEC 61850 based detection approach comprises access control detection, protocol-based detection, anomaly behavior detection, and multi-parameter detection. This SCADA-specific IDS is implemented and validated using presented cyber-physical test-bed of a 500kV smart substation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PESGM 2016
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781509041688
ISBN (Print)978-1-5090-4169-5
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2016
Event2016 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PESGM 2016 - Boston, United States
Duration: 17 Jul 201621 Jul 2016

Publication series

NameIEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting: Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1944-9925
ISSN (Electronic)1944-9933


Conference2016 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PESGM 2016
CountryUnited States

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  • Cybersecurity
  • IEC 61850
  • Intrusion Detection
  • Smart Substation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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