Secure and PrivatE smArt gRid (SPEAR) H2020 Project

The integration of critical power infrastructure to the Smart Grid introduces multiple security vulnerabilities. Consequently, the Smart Grid is becoming an attractive target for hackers. According to security experts, hacking groups (such as the APT33 group [1]) are shifting their focus on critical infrastructure targets. The increasing proliferation of the Smart Grid concept, as well as the development of novel cyberattacks and tools, call for the development of advanced Intrusion Detection Systems that are tailored to the traits and security requirements of the Smart Grid.

One of the main objectives of the Horizon 2020 Secure and PrivatE smArt gRid (SPEAR) research project is the development of an integrated security solution in order to accurately and timely detect Smart Grid attacks. Within the SPEAR research project, the cybersecurity is considered across all domains and components of the Smart Grid. To this end, novel methods and tools that leverage Big Data analytics are being developed. In addition, SPEAR provides a framework for forensic readiness and trust modeling, integrated in a single platform. The concept of honeypots is also utilized as an effective approach to increase forensic readiness. A number of honeypots are deployed across the power generation and distribution infrastructure, in order to attract and monitor potential cyber attackers in order to discover new attack patterns.

Following the European Program for Critical Infrastructure Protection challenges [2], four high-impact use cases are selected, in order to evaluate the efficiency of the SPEAR security solution. Learn more about our use cases, by visiting the following link: