How To Prevent Smart Meters From Being Hacked?

Express Computer | June 07, 2019

Smart electricity meters are useful because they allow energy utilities to efficiently track energy use and allocate energy production. But because they’re connected to a grid, they can also serve as back doors for malicious hackers. Cybersecurity researcher Karthik Pattabiraman, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at UBC, recently developed an automated program aimed at improving the security of these devices and boosting security in the smart grid. “Our program uses two detection methods for these types of attacks. First, we created a virtual model of the smart meter and represented how attacks can be carried out against it. This is what we call design-level analysis. Second, we performed code-level analysis. That means probing the smart meter’s code for vulnerabilities, launching a variety of attacks on these vulnerabilities,” said Pattabiraman. The method, described here, addresses smart meters’ vulnerability to what the researchers call software-interference attacks, where the attacker physically accesses the meter and modifies its communication interfaces or reboots it. As a result, the meter is unable to send data to the grid, or it keeps sending data when it shouldn’t, or performs other actions it wouldn’t normally do.

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According to research from ESG and the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), 91% of cybersecurity professionals believe that most organizations are either extremely or somewhat vulnerable to a significant cyber-attack or data breach.1 This level of cyber-risk demands immediate attention and action from CISOs, CIOs, and business executives. As a result, 62% of organizations plan to increase cybersecurity spending in 2020.2 Here’s the problem: Increasing security budgets alone isn’t enough. CISOs need quick and easy wins that can greatly bolster security efficacy and streamline operations without demanding massive projects and vast resources. There is a lot of work ahead. This white paper concludes.

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According to research from ESG and the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), 91% of cybersecurity professionals believe that most organizations are either extremely or somewhat vulnerable to a significant cyber-attack or data breach.1 This level of cyber-risk demands immediate attention and action from CISOs, CIOs, and business executives. As a result, 62% of organizations plan to increase cybersecurity spending in 2020.2 Here’s the problem: Increasing security budgets alone isn’t enough. CISOs need quick and easy wins that can greatly bolster security efficacy and streamline operations without demanding massive projects and vast resources. There is a lot of work ahead. This white paper concludes.

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