Evaluation of Cybersecurity Threats on Smart Metering System

Samuel Tweneboah-Koduah, Anthony Tsetse, Julius Azasoo, Barbara Endicott-Popovsky

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Smart metering has emerged as the next-generation of energy distribution, consumption, and monitoring systems via the convergence of power engineering and information and communication technology (ICT) integration otherwise known as smart grid systems. While the innovation is advancing the future power generation, distribution, consumption monitoring and information delivery, the success of the platform is positively correlated to the thriving integration of technologies upon which the system is built. Nonetheless, the rising trend of cybersecurity attacks on cyber infrastructure and its dependent systems coupled with the system’s inherent vulnerabilities present a source of concern not only to the vendors but also the consumers. These security concerns need to be addressed in order to increase consumer confidence so as to ensure greatest adoption and success of smart metering. In this paper, we present a functional communication architecture of the smart metering system. Following that, we demonstrate and discuss the taxonomy of smart metering common vulnerabilities exposure, upon which sophisticated threats can capitalize. We then introduce countermeasure techniques, whose integration is considered pivotal for achieving security protection against existing and future sophisticated attacks on smart metering systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Technology - New Generations
EditorsShahram Latifi
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9783319549781
ISBN (Print)9783319549774, 9783319855356
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 Jul 2017
Event14th International Conference on Information Technology - University of Nevada , Las Vegas, United States
Duration: 10 Apr 201712 Apr 2017


Conference14th International Conference on Information Technology
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas


  • Smart metering infrastructure
  • smart grid
  • cybersecurity threats
  • energy management
  • ICT integration


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