Experimental Impact Analysis of Cyberattacks in Power Systems Using Digital Real-Time Testbeds

Kalinath Katuri, Ioannis Zografopoulos, Ha Thi Nguyen, Charalambos Konstantinou

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Smart grid advancements and the increased integration of digital devices have transformed the existing power grid into a cyber-physical energy system. This reshaping of the current power system can make it vulnerable to cyber-attacks, which could cause irreversible damage to the energy infrastructure resulting in the loss of power, equipment damage, etc. Constant threats emphasize the importance of cybersecurity investigations. At the same time, developing cyber-physical system (CPS) simulation testbeds is crucial for vulnerability assessment and the implementation and validation of security solutions. In this paper, two separate real-time CPS testbeds are developed based on the availability of local research facilities for impact analysis of denial-of-service (DoS) attacks on microgrids. The two configurations are implemented using two different digital real-time simulator systems, one using the real-time digital simulator (RTDS) with a hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) setup and the other one using OPAL-RT with ExataCPS to emulate the cyber-layer infrastructure. Both testbeds demonstrate the impact of DoS attacks on microgrid control and protection operation.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2023 IEEE Belgrade PowerTech
ISBN (Print)9781665487788
StatePublished - Jun 25 2023


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