Detection and Prevention of Denial-of-Service in Cloud-Based Smart Grid

Abdul Razaq, Muhammad Hussain*, Waqas Javed, Tasmiyah Javed , Zulfiqar Memon

*Corresponding author for this work

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Smart Grid (SG), components with historical set of security challenges, becomes more vulnerable because Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has its own share of problems while Cloud infrastructure adds yet another unpredicted layer of threats. Scalability and availability, which are strong aspects of the cloud platform making it attractive to users, also attracts security threats for the same reasons. The malware installed on single host offers very limited scope compared to attack magnitude that compromised Cloud platform can offer. Therefore, the strongest aspect of Cloud itself becomes a nightmare in Cloud-Based SG. A breach in such a delicate system can cause severe consequences including interruption of electricity, equipment damage, data breach, complete blackouts, or even life-threatening consequences. We mimic Denial-of-Service (DoS) attacks to demonstrate interruption of electricity in SG with open-source solution to co-simulate power and communication systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th International Conference on Smart Cities and Green ICT Systems - SMARTGREENS
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9789897585128
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021


  • Cloud based Smart Grid
  • Denial-of-Service
  • Cyber-security


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