Security and privacy in smart grids: Challenges, current solutions and future opportunities
Paper in proceeding, 2020

Smart grids are a promising upgrade to legacy power grids due to enhanced cooperation of involved parties, such as consumers and utility providers. These newer grids improve the efficiency of electricity generation and distribution by leveraging communication networks to exchange information between those different parties. However, the increased connection and communication also expose the control networks of the power grid to the possibility of cyber-attacks. Therefore, research on cybersecurity for smart grids is crucial to ensure the safe operation of the power grid and to protect the privacy of consumers. In this paper, we investigate the security and privacy challenges of the smart grid; present current solutions to these challenges, especially in the light of intrusion detection systems; and discuss how future grids will create new opportunities for cybersecurity.

Network intrusion detection

Smart grid


Advanced metering infrastructure


Ismail Butun

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Networks and Systems (Chalmers)

Alexios Lekidis

Eindhoven University of Technology

Daniel Ricardo Dos Santos

Forescout Technologies

ICISSP 2020 - Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Information Systems Security and Privacy


6th International Conference on Information Systems Security and Privacy, ICISSP 2020
Valletta, Malta,

Integrated cyber-physical solutions for intelligent distribution grid with high penetration of renewables (UNITED-GRID)

European Commission (EC) (EC/H2020/773717), 2017-11-01 -- 2020-04-30.

Resilient Information and Control Systems (RICS)

Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (2015-828), 2015-09-01 -- 2020-08-31.

Subject Categories


Communication Systems

Computer Science

Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering



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