AMIsim: Application-layer Advanced Metering Infrastructure Simulation Framework for Secure Communication Protocol Performance Evaluation

Authors: 

Vitaly Ford, Arcadia University; Daniel Tyler and Ambareen Siraj, Tennessee Tech University

Abstract: 

The Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) is a major component of the Smart Grid. Researchers have been working to protect its communication by designing pro-tocols that offer security and privacy in various ways to different extents. Simulation testing is a crucial part of any communication protocol development. Current sim-ulation frameworks for power Grid experiments primar-ily focus on simulating the electrical components and power flow in the Grid. In this paper, we introduce a uniform AMI simulation (AMIsim) framework for eval-uating secure and privacy-preserving AMI protocols. AMIsim allows researchers to conduct a performance assessment of their application-layer security protocols that are used for aggregation, privacy-preservation, and confidentiality/integrity protection of smart meter ener-gy data. We report on the empirical results of conducting experiments in AMIsim with an existing AMI secure and privacy-preserving protocol.

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BibTeX
@inproceedings {220249,
author = {Vitaly Ford and Daniel Tyler and Ambareen Siraj},
title = {AMIsim: Application-layer Advanced Metering Infrastructure Simulation Framework for Secure Communication Protocol Performance Evaluation},
booktitle = {11th {USENIX} Workshop on Cyber Security Experimentation and Test ({CSET} 18)},
year = {2018},
address = {Baltimore, MD},
url = {https://www.usenix.org/conference/cset18/presentation/ford},
publisher = {{USENIX} Association},
}