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Reference Number NIA_SPEN_0064
Title Cyber Security for Active and Flexible Energy Networks (Cyber-SAFEN)
Status Started
Energy Categories Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research 90%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 10%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Computer Science and Informatics) 90%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 10%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
SPEN - SP Transmission Plc
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 May 2022
End Date 01 April 2026
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £651,000
Industrial Sectors Power
Region Scotland
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , SPEN - SP Transmission Plc (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , SP Energy Networks (0.000%)
Project Contact , National Grid Electricity Transmission (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA_SPEN_0064
Objectives This project aims to research, build and demonstrate an integrated cyber defence (ICD) platform to provide essential cyber safe and resilient functions for electricity networks PAC, WAMS and SCADA systems against advanced cyber-attacks.The intended method to solve the problem will be a technical solution. Through studies we will identify and assess the capability of existing cyber security platforms and products that could be used to build the intrusion defense system.  Develop the cost benefit analysis and technical feasibility of creating a cyber defence platform at device and system level. Engage and select suitable vendor(s) equipment to utilise Implement a trial network to test the cyber defence platform. Use advanced data analysis and modelling for identification of normal and abnormal power system operation conditions as well as cyber threats. Integrated Intrusion detection system: Develop an integrated Intrusion detection System (IDS) based on vendor engagement Intrusion Response/Defence System: AI based collaborative control of distributed multi-devices strategy to build resilience for PAC, WAMS and SCADA systems against malicious attack actions. Validate the cyber defence solution on the trial network. The benefits to customers and the network will come from:• Reduced risk of outages and damage caused by cyber attacks• Enable increased digitalisation and automation across the network• Ensuring a secure and resilient platform on which to rollout further applications  Cyber-SAFEN will research and develop a Cyber Intrusion Response/defence System (IRS) platform to provide essential cyber security functions to protect control systems, such as PAC, WAMS and SCADA, in electricity networks. The objectives of the project are as follows: Quantify the cost benefit and enabling capability to the GB energy networks, Identify the core technologies and applications, Engage with the supply chain and identify suitable vendors Determine the data sources required for the response capability. Develop combined cyber defence solution Lab based trail of solutionGenerate IPR and disseminate through UK energy industry
Abstract Cyber-SAFEN aims to build and demonstrate an integrated cyber defence (ICD) platform to provide a foundation on which to build essential cyber safe and resilient functions for electricity networks PAC, WAMS and SCADA systems against advanced cyber-attacks. Cyber-SAFEN uniquely focuses on a combined intrusion detection (IDS) and intrusion response system (IRS) powered by advanced AI and machine learning technologies to build a dual defence system against advanced cyber threats.
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Added to Database 14/10/22