State of Cyber Security in Indian Electricity Industry

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India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF) has kicked-off it’s first ever RESEARCH project in the area of CYBER SECURITY.

Cyber Security for Electricity Grid:

Modern society is dependent on several critical industrial infrastructures including Power/Electricity Grid. Industrial Automation and Control Systems (ICS) are extensively used to manage power generation, transmission and distribution functions of the Grid. Apart from Industrial Control Systems, Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) play a crucial role in improving reliability, availability and efficiency of the grid and making it “SMART” in meeting customers’ demands. Challenges in managing existing Grid infrastructure and ever growing demand for energy has led to several reforms and have started “Smart Grid” movement in most parts of the world, including India. At the same time use of commercial IT equipment, open standards and protocols are exposing Electricity Grid to ever increasing risk of cyber-attacks. In the age of cyber warfare, cyber espionage and state sponsored terrorism, the attacks on critical infrastructure are increasing. In this context, cyber security review of the ICS/ICT technology and processes used in managing Electricity Grid is the necessary first step in designing a sustainable Cyber Security program. Additionally, while ISGF WG-10 on cyber-security is drafting standards, guidelines and recommendations for Smart Grid adoption in India, this research project will provide valuable inputs and realistic evaluation of State of Cyber Security in Indian Electricity Industry.

About ISGF Research Project – State of Cyber Security in Indian Electricity Industry:

  • A unique research project sponsored by ISGF to assess cyber security readiness amongst Indian utility companies
        -To obtain realistic understanding of the cyber security challenges present, while designing response strategies
        -To raise awareness regarding cyber security amongst stakeholders
  • A consolidated report will be published for the benefit of entire industry; Individual findings will not be publicly disclosed
  • Each individual organization will be provided with their own copy of cyber security gap analysis report

Objectives

  1. To conduct the cyber security assessment of chosen or volunteered organizations involved in operation of the Electricity Grid
  2. To analyze and publish assessment details in the form of ISGF report “State of Cyber Security in Indian Electricity Industry” and share with appropriate industry stakeholders.
  3. To provide customized report regarding cyber security gaps found and necessary actions to be taken to each participating organization
  4. To incorporate the findings and lessons learnt from the project into deliverables of ISGF WG-10 (standards/guidelines/checklists)

    Utilities and other organizations targeted in the initial phase are Tata Power- Trombay & CGPL, NTPC (one plant), Mahagenco,MSETCL, PGCIL, KPTCL,Tata Power – Mumbai, Reliance-Delhi (BSES), MSEDCL, UGVCL, BESCOM, APCPDCL, WBSEDCL, One Discom in UP, One Discom in Rajasthan

Requesting Participation

  • Generation Companies
  • Transmission Companies
  • Distribution Companies
  • System OperatorsFor further information please contact: Mr. Subodh (Chairman, ISGF Working Group 10) – [email protected]
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