Applications of Hardware-Based Security for the Smart Grid
The modernized infrastructure for power distribution and monitoring known as the smart grid promises a range of benefits: the improvement of power reliability; increasing interoperability with diverse energy generation resources; and the delivery of more choices and control to the end-consumer. But along with these benefits comes a need for significantly enhanced security.
Most of these improvements are due to the implementation of communication technology in some form or another, and smart meters are often a focal point for security-related discussion.
Smart meters are devices situated at the consumer end-point that gather consumer energy usage data (CEUD) and relay it to a central information hub for processing and analysis. The key word? You guessed it: data. CEUD is valuable because a reasonable entity can use it to extrapolate identifying information among other things, such as when your lights are on or off. While customers with smart meters can relay real-time usage data to adjust their habits accordingly, others could use the data for harm. Because of the high-quality nature of CEUD, it is a prime target for those who would wish to use it for illicit means.
At Futurex, we explore hardware-based data security solutions to secure CEUD in addition to other smart grid utility systems.We realize that securing communication between various interoperable systems and protecting the private information of endpoint consumers is of the utmost importance.We offer solutions ranging from certificate issuance, to encrypting data in transit from end-to-end, to database encryption and methods to secure the smart meters themselves. Visit our industry solutions page to learn more about data security for the smart grid.