Service-Based, Segmented, 5G Network-Based Architecture for Securing Distributed Energy Resources: Preprint

Daniel Bennett, Adarsh Hasandka, MD Touhiduzzaman, Evan Vaughan

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As the number of connected devices in the energy grid increase exponentially, so too are the cybersecurity risks. With the development of modern communications standards such as 5G and beyond the extent to which devices will continue to connect will continue to increase exponentially along with the inherent risks. However, 5G also includes features to help address cybersecurity concerns and therefore helping to mitigate many of these risks. This paper proposes a new service-based network architecture implementing network-slicing capabilities for connected systems and devices to improve performance, availability, security, and reliability of the grid devices and services. This paper considers the quality of service requirements and criticality of services needed for securely monitoring, operating, and securing Distributed Energy Resource (DER) devices. From developed use cases, network slicing is implemented based on these requirements and resource allocations. This work then highlights examples of how slicing can help prevent standard existing attack methods such as a denial-of-service or similar attack which limits resource availability and network bandwidth to the service and thus limiting its ability to affect other services by misbehaving. The designed network architecture use case will be further tested on a local virtualized testbed to verify secure operation and availability of services. Using hardware-in-the-loop devices and systems on this local testbed, this fully segmented, secure network may be realized and evaluated. Finally, this paper presents the results of this testing.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2021
Event2021 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting -
Duration: 25 Jul 202129 Jul 2021


Conference2021 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5R00-78055


  • 5G
  • cybersecurity
  • DER security
  • network slicing


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