Model-Free Detection of Cyberattacks on Voltage Control in Distribution Grids

Mohammed Seifu Kemal, Wissam Aoudi, Rasmus Løvenstein Olsen, Magnus Almgren, Hans-Peter Schwefel

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Incorporating information and communication technology in the operation of the electricity grid is undoubtedly contributing to a more cost-efficient, controllable, and flexible power grid. Although this technology is promoting flexibility and convenience, its integration with the electricity grid is rendering this critical infrastructure inherently vulnerable to cyberattacks that have potential to cause large-scale and far-reaching damage. In light of the growing need for a resilient smart grid, developing suitable security mechanisms has become a pressing matter. In this work, we investigate the effectiveness of a model-free state-of-the-art attack-detection method recently proposed by the cybersecurity community in detecting common types of cyberattacks on voltage control in distribution grids. Experimental results show that, by monitoring raw controller and smart-meter data in real time, it is possible to detect denial of service, replay, and integrity attacks, thus contributing to a resilient and more secure grid.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2019 15th European Dependable Computing Conference, EDCC 2019
Number of pages6
Publication date7 Nov 2019
Article number8893419
ISBN (Print)978-1-7281-3930-2
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-7281-3929-6
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2019
Event15th European Dependable Computing Conference (EDCC) - Naples, Italy
Duration: 17 Sep 201920 Sep 2019


Conference15th European Dependable Computing Conference (EDCC)
SeriesEuropean Dependable Computing Conference (EDCC)



  • Cyberattack
  • Low-Voltage Grid
  • Model-Free Detection
  • Smart Grid

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Kemal, M. S., Aoudi, W., Olsen, R. L., Almgren, M., & Schwefel, H-P. (2019). Model-Free Detection of Cyberattacks on Voltage Control in Distribution Grids. In Proceedings - 2019 15th European Dependable Computing Conference, EDCC 2019 (pp. 171-176). [8893419] IEEE. European Dependable Computing Conference (EDCC)