Data protection in a cloud-enabled smart grid

Alexander Fromm, Florian Kelbert, Alexander Pretschner

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Today's electricity grid is evolving into the smart grid which ought to be reliable, flexible, efficient, and sustainable. To fulfill these requirements, the smart grid draws on a plenty of core technologies. Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI). These technologies facilitate easy and fast accumulation of different data, e.g. fine-grained meter readings. Various security and privacy concerns w.r.t. the gathered data arise, since research has shown that it is possible to deduce and extract user behaviour from smart meter readings. Hence, these meter readings are very sensitive and require appropriate protection. Unlike other data protection approaches that are primarily based on data obfuscation and data encryption, we introduce a usage control based data protection mechanism for the smart grid. We show how the concept of distributed data usage control can be integrated with smart grid services and concretize this approach for an energy marketplace that runs on a cloud platform for performance, scalability, and economic reasons.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSmart Grid Security - First International Workshop, SmartGridSec 2012, Revised Selected Papers
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 2013
Event1st International Workshop on Smart Grid Security, SmartGridSec 2012 - Berlin, Germany
Duration: 3 Dec 20123 Dec 2012

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume7823 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference1st International Workshop on Smart Grid Security, SmartGridSec 2012


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