Cyber-Security Workshop | Thursday 17th May 2018

Registration: 08:00, Programme begins: 09:00, Programme ends: 12:30

Workshop Format


Through a series of presentations, break-out sessions and group exercises, these two separately bookable hands-on interactive workshops uncover the most critical issues facing utility telecom professionals in the areas of cyber security and teleprotection services and provide practical implementable strategies to help you stay one step ahead emerging challenges as the migration toward packet telecoms gains momentum.


Workshop A: Cyber-Security for Utility Packet Telecom Networks

Registration: 08:00 | Programme begins: 09:00 | Programme ends: 12:30

Workshop Leader

Prof. Antonello Monti
Director of the Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems
E.ON Energy Research Centre


Antonello Monti started his career in Industry and then held academic positions in Italy and USA. Since 2008 he is the director of the Institute for Automation of Complex Power System within the E.ON Energy Research Center at RWTH Aachen University. During his tenure at RWTH, Prof. Monti has been involved in several EU Projects at the boarder between ICT and Energy. Currently he serves as coordinator of the H2020 FTI project ADMS and as Technical Manager of the two projects H2020 success and H2020 RE-SERVE..Dr. Monti is author or co-author of more than 300 peer-reviewed papers published in international Journals and in the proceedings of International conferences. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, Associate Editor of the IEEE System Journal and Associate Editor of IEEE Electrification Magazine. Dr. Monti is the recipient of the 2017 IEEE Innovation in Societal Infrastructure Award.


Workshop Speakers

Fiona Williams, Research Director – Ericsson
Gianluca Lipari, Team Leader Cyber – Physical Energy Systems Management – RWTH Aachen
Dhruvin Patel, Researcher – Ericsson
Michael Simonov, Advanced Computing and Electromagnetics – ISMB
Christian Hille, Managing Director – P3 Energy
Gyorgy Dan, Professor Teletraffic Systems – KTH
Ezzeldin Shereen, PHD Candidate – KTH

Workshop Programme

Telecoms network security is of key importance to the integrity of the gird and attacks on telecoms devices monitoring and controlling the grid can have severe consequences for this critical infrastructure. Therefore, high levels of network security are required. This in-depth interactive workshop will examine how telecoms network design can also a key factor in ensuring security; evaluating the different protocols and architectures and their susceptibility to security threats.


Workshop B: Teleprotection over Utility Packet Telecom Networks

Registration: 12:30 | Programme begins: 13:30 | Programme ends: 17:00


Workshop Leader

Steven Blair
Research Fellow
University of Strathclyde

Steven Blair is a Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. He received the MEng degree in Computer and Electronic Systems in 2008, and the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering in 2013, both from the University of Strathclyde. His research interests include power system protection, fault current limitation, communications, power quality, power system metrology, phasor measurement units, and real-time simulation. In particular, Steven specialises in the application of critical protection services over modern packet-based communications infrastructure. He is a member of IEC Technical Committee 57 Working Group 10 and CIGRE Task Force B5.02.

Workshop Speakers

Roel de Vries, EMEA Business Development Manager, Arbiter Systems
Dominique Verhulst, Director of Sales Engineering – Vertical Markets – Nokia

Workshop A: Cyber-Security for Utility Packet Telecom Networks

Session 1:

Introduction: overview of the cyber-security challenges of utility telecom networks as the migration to packet networks gains momentum

Session 2:

Security by Design: establishing a new paradigm in ICT design for utilities to ensure security, resilience and survivability by design

Session 3:

Time Synchronization: embedding time synchronization at the heart of security by design

Session 4:

5G as a Game Changer: understanding the potential of new security solutions based on next generation wireless networks

Session 5:

Customer Involvement: a critical analysis of smart meter infrastructure and the potential for new threats

Session 6:

EV Charging: mapping out the Cyber security threats and solutions for grids and charging  infrastructure

Workshop B: Teleprotection over Utility Packet Telecom Networks

Session 1:

Facilitating legacy teleprotection services over packet-based networks

  • Addressing utility requirements for latency, jitter, asymmetry, and backup paths
  • Methods for testing legacy and modern technologies in realistic conditions
Session 2:

Establishing stable and secure protection services

  • Cybersecurity provisions for protection services
    Service assurance and QoS models for legacy and packet-based protection services
  • Managing complexity and configuration of IP/MPLS
Session 3:

Applying new methods to overcome the time synchronization challenges in utility systems

  • Required timing accuracies and reliability levels for advanced protection and control applications
  • Standards and approaches to synchronization and time distribution in circuit- and packet-based communications: physical layer synchronization, Synchronous Ethernet, and more
  • Principles for reliable time synchronization and distribution, including multiple clock sources and redundancy mechanisms
Session 4:

Future outlook: opportunities for modern native-packet protection services

  • Impact of synchrophasor-based protection systems
  • Wide area protection systems: opportunities for high-speed backup protection systems
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