School of Science, Engineering and Information Technology

Cyber security (smart grid security)

Campus: Mt Helen

Discipline: Information Technology

Research field: Cyber Security

Key words: Cyber security, SCADA security, IoT security, edge computing, multimedia security

Supervisor(s): Alireza Jolfaei and Iqbal Gondal

Contact details:

Email: a.jolfaei@federation.edu.au

Brief Supervisor Bio:

Dr. Alireza Jolfaei Received the Ph.D. degree from Griffith University, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. He is currently a Lecturer of Networking and Security in the School of Engineering and Information Technology at Federation University Australia, Ballarat, VIC, Australia. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. His educational background and research activities extend across substantive areas in applied mathematical sciences, computer science/engineering, and electrical engineering. His current research areas include cryptology, cyber physical systems security, SCADA security, and network security. He has authored over 30 papers on topics related to cyber security in refereed journals and conference proceedings of international importance. He received the prestigious IEEE Australian council award for his research paper published in the IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security. He has received multiple awards for Academic Excellence, University Contribution, and Inclusion and Diversity Support. He is currently serving as the Chair of Computational Intelligence Society in IEEE Victoria Section, and previously, he served as the Chair of Professional and Career Activities in IEEE Queensland Section. He is a member of the Internet Commerce Security Laboratory (ICSL) and the Centre for Informatics and Applied Optimization (CIAO) at Federation University Australia.

Project Description: Smart grid security

Recent findings, as documented in government reports and literature, indicate the growing threat of cyber-based attacks on smart grid and other critical infrastructures. Smart grid includes interdependent infrastructures including power transmission and distribution network, and the supporting telecommunications network. Complex interactions among these infrastructures lead to new pathways for attacks and failure propagation that are currently not well understood. This project takes a holistic multilevel approach to understand and characterise the interdependencies between these infrastructures, and devises mechanisms to enhance their robustness. A unique aspect of smart grid security that will be studied in this project is the critical importance of timeliness, and thus a trade-off between effectiveness of the mechanisms and the overhead introduced. The project is expected to provide practical techniques for making the smart grid more robust against failures and attacks, and enable it to recover from large-scale failures with less loss of capacity.