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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Syngress (1 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597499986
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597499989
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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".it's a thorough overview of both the problem of smart grid security and what you need to do to address it. And it's not presented in some abstracted, high-level policy fashion - after reading this book, you will have a proper understanding of the work that needs to be done."--Network Security Newsletter, October 2013 "Computer security professionals Knapp and Samani warn that the smart electrical grid now being planned and designed will be vulnerable to attack."--Reference & Research Book News, October 2013 ".looking for a detailed and technical introduction to smart grid security and a synopsis of the security and privacy issues, Applied Cyber Security and the Smart Grid: Implementing Security Controls into the Modern Power Infrastructure is a great place to start."--RSAConference.com, April 8, 2013

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Eric D. Knapp is a globally recognized expert in industrial control systems cyber security, and continues to drive the adoption of new security technology in order to promote safer and more reliable automation infrastructures. He firsst specialized in industrial control cyber security while at Nitrosecurity, where he focused on the collection and correlation of SCADA and ICS data for the detection of advanced threats against these environments. He was later responsible for the development and implementation of end-to-end ICS cyber security solutions for McAfee, Inc. in his role as Global Director for Critical Infrastructure Markets. He is currently the Director of Strategic Alliances for Wurldtech Security Technologies, where he continues to promote the advancement of embedded security technology in order to better protect SCADA, ICS and other connected, real-time devices. He is a long-time advocate of improved industrial control system cyber security and participates in many Critical Infrastructure industry groups, where he brings a wealth of technology expertise. He has over 20 years of experience in Infromation Technology, specializing in industrial automation technologies, infrastructure security, and applied Ethernet protocols as well as the design and implementation of Intrusion Prevention Systems and Security Information and Event Management systems in both enterprise and industrial networks. In addition to his work in information security, he is an award-winning author of cition. He studied at the University of New Hampshire and the University of London. He can be found on Twitter @ericdknapp


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Applied Cyber Security and the Smart Grid, written by Eric D. Knapp and Raj Samani, is an innovative book, as it offers a way in which we can implement security controls in the modern power infrastructure. It was exciting to find a book that was completely relevant and up to date in this field of research. Generally literature detailing the security concerns with the smart grid, focus on SCADA control system issues, ramble on about how Stuxnet was really bad and how we should have known better, or the inherent need for IT security policies. Thankfully, this is not the case in this publication.

Divided into 8 chapters, this book doesn't just focus on the security implications for the smart grid, but also details the environmental and economical factors involved. Case studies help explain security vulnerabilities and associated threats, and these connections are illustrated in figures and reference diagrams throughout the book. Furthermore, details on exploitation of these vulnerabilities are provided, as are examples of how cyber attacks on the power infrastructure can affect society. This offers the reader a well rounded understanding of why security controls needs to be implemented into the modern power infrastructure.

Also, in order to make the reader understand how these vulnerabilities can affect them, the authors detail the privacy concerns related to the smart meter. The information the power industry possess on a home user could be used in a malicious way. The smart grid vulnerability conundrum is bigger than that, but the authors assert that the problem can be fixed with tailored security mechanisms, and that's comforting to the reader.

The most notable point, in my opinion, is the interconnectedness of the smart grid.
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I had been eagerly awaiting this new book from authors Raj Samani and D. Knapp on a very topical subject of Smart Grid security. Everyone today talks about Smart meters and there seem to be a lot of misconception and confusion about smart meters and smart grids. The book puts any confusion behind by clearing the mist.

The first two chapters smartly explain what the smart grid is, detailing its components of a complex system, in which smart meters are just one of many components. The chapter three shows weaknesses in the systems' designs and how these could be used maliciously, yet keeping the level of detail consciously low to not give someone a guide how to do cause harm. While reading this chapter, I was wondering that it is a small wonder there have not been substantially more cyber incidents in the electricity generation, transmission and distribution.

Chapter four dives into the privacy topics, explaining how collection of electricity consumption data, mostly from the smart meters, has privacy implications. Certainly, when I have my smart meter installed I will be asking tough questions collection intervals and data anonymisation.

Chapter five goes into details of technical standards and protocols, and is a good reference point when doing research on the topic of the smart grid.

I really love chapters six and 7 which explain securing the smart grid components and the supply chain. The section about the situational awareness is well written, and should be read by many SIEM and big data analysis vendors. Clearly, there is a lot of data collected in a smart grid network, security, system, application and person related.
The chapter on securing the supply chain is an exceptional piece of work that one could adapt to other supply chains.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent intro to smart grid security 8 April 2013
By Ben Rothke - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Imagine if the smart guys from the SANS Institute came to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and told them there it was impossible that the smart grid could be effectively secured. What are the chances that FERC and other state regulators would put the brakes on this new modern power infrastructure? The reality is that the chances would be very low, as the smart grid is coming hell or high water.

With that, the smart grid in its full-form is imminent and it is anybody's guess on how secure it ultimately will be. In Applied Cyber Security and the Smart Grid: Implementing Security Controls into the Modern Power Infrastructure, authors Eric Knapp and Raj Samani provide and excellent overview on what the smart grid is and how it can be secured. The book offers many glimmers of hope from a security and privacy perspective. The hope can shine if the security controls are correctively and effectively implemented.

Knapp is a veteran SCADA and smart grid security guru. His previous book Industrial Network Security: Securing Critical Infrastructure Networks for Smart Grid, SCADA, and Other Industrial Control Systems, which I reviewed here, is an equally valuable resource.

The book provides an introduction to the smart grid, details its architecture, and then enumerates the security and privacy issues around it. There are numerous security models for SCADA and the smart grid which the book enumerates.

For those looking for a detailed and technical introduction to smart grid security and a synopsis of the security and privacy issues, Applied Cyber Security and the Smart Grid: Implementing Security Controls into the Modern Power Infrastructure is a great place to start.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Making Smart Grid Cyber Security Accessible 16 Aug. 2013
By Aine Mac Dermott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Applied Cyber Security and the Smart Grid, written by Eric D. Knapp and Raj Samani, is an innovative book, as it offers a way in which we can implement security controls in the modern power infrastructure. It was exciting to find a book that was completely relevant and up to date in this field of research. Generally literature detailing the security concerns with the smart grid, focus on SCADA control system issues, ramble on about how Stuxnet was really bad and how we should have known better, or the inherent need for IT security policies. Thankfully, this is not the case in this publication.

Divided into 8 chapters, this book doesn't just focus on the security implications for the smart grid, but also details the environmental and economical factors involved. Case studies help explain security vulnerabilities and associated threats, and these connections are illustrated in figures and reference diagrams throughout the book. Furthermore, details on exploitation of these vulnerabilities are provided, as are examples of how cyber attacks on the power infrastructure can affect society. This offers the reader a well rounded understanding of why security controls needs to be implemented into the modern power infrastructure.

Also, in order to make the reader understand how these vulnerabilities can affect them, the authors detail the privacy concerns related to the smart meter. The information the power industry possess on a home user could be used in a malicious way. The smart grid vulnerability conundrum is bigger than that, but the authors assert that the problem can be fixed with tailored security mechanisms, and that's comforting to the reader.

The most notable point, in my opinion, is the interconnectedness of the smart grid. This is particularly concerning as you can draw a line from a customer's energy management system (EMS) in their home, all the way to the bulk energy control system and G-SCADA system in the smart grid. This large-scale distribution of systems makes it challenging to effectively segment these systems resulting in an architecture that makes it relatively easy for an attack to move between systems. For the reader unfamiliar with the area, an overview is provided on what the smart grid is; the components present, and the key security and privacy vulnerabilities associated. Also, there is a detailed glossary for those new to some of the industry terms, and this is quite helpful.

For those familiar with the topic, you can use the index and go to areas of interest. Detailed examples of how the security vulnerabilities in the smart grid can have major impact on society, with balanced threat analysis and protection mechanisms, is present, but at no time does it seem like we are being bombarded with information. It explains how you, the reader, could be affected by data breaches and malicious threats. While giving the reader insight into the weaknesses within the energy infrastructure, and providing them with tools for protection, they are also given a list of sources for further reading.

The accessibility of the book is what compels me to highly recommend it. Written in a friendly, informal manner, the authors invite the reader to gain an insight of the area. There is also an invitation to discuss the topic, to question and address any concerns with them through social media. Not many authors openly give permission for the reader to critique their work, and I think it is this approachable style that made this book even more enjoyable.

The experience of the authors in the cyber security and smart grid field is evident throughout the book. Eric D. Knapp brings a wealth of knowledge and firsthand experience of industrial control cyber security. His current role promoting the advancement of embedded security technology for the protection of SCADA and industrial control systems clearly brings substance to their future work claims. Raj Samani is currently working as the VP, Chief Technical Officer for McAfee, with previous experience in cyber security and research orientated working groups. Joel Langill, the technical editor of the book is referenced quite often throughout, as is his website [...] Joel's proven experience with integrated industrial control system architecture and design, functional safety, and operational security skills make him the perfect editor, to compliment the knowledge of the authors.

The authors, in their approach, have made a book that can be enjoyed by both the reader with a technical understanding of the area, and by the reader who isn't totally au fait with it, or why we should be worried about the associated vulnerabilities. All in all, I would wholly recommend this book as it is an exciting topic that is often overlooked or deemed exaggerated and irrelevant.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Excellent introduction to smart grid security 26 Aug. 2013
By Sauty Sylvain - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book presents an excellent introduction to electrical smart grid security problems.

One will find a good introduction to smart grid and SCADA systems, some examples of real security problems and also an overview of the vulnerabilities of the systems, from generation to transmission/distribution.

A good reference book for those ones willing to prepare a strategy for smart grid cybersecurity, so i recommand this book.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Well written page turner and reference guide on Smart grid security 8 May 2013
By Vladimir Jirasek - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written page turner and reference guide on Smart grid security, 5 May 2013
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I had been eagerly awaiting this new book from authors Raj Samani and D. Knapp on a very topical subject of Smart Grid security. Everyone today talks about Smart meters and there seem to be a lot of misconception and confusion about smart meters and smart grids. The book puts any confusion behind by clearing the mist.

The first two chapters smartly explain what the smart grid is, detailing its components of a complex system, in which smart meters are just one of many components. The chapter three shows weaknesses in the systems' designs and how these could be used maliciously, yet keeping the level of detail consciously low to not give someone a guide how to do cause harm. While reading this chapter, I was wondering that it is a small wonder there have not been substantially more cyber incidents in the electricity generation, transmission and distribution.

Chapter four dives into the privacy topics, explaining how collection of electricity consumption data, mostly from the smart meters, has privacy implications. Certainly, when I have my smart meter installed I will be asking tough questions collection intervals and data anonymisation.

Chapter five goes into details of technical standards and protocols, and is a good reference point when doing research on the topic of the smart grid.

I really love chapters six and 7 which explain securing the smart grid components and the supply chain. The section about the situational awareness is well written, and should be read by many SIEM and big data analysis vendors. Clearly, there is a lot of data collected in a smart grid network, security, system, application and person related.
The chapter on securing the supply chain is an exceptional piece of work that one could adapt to other supply chains.

In the big finale, the chapter on the future of the smart grid talks about where this legacy, well interconnected, insecure and highly critical national asset's future should lie. The personal RFPs (P-RFP) is one of my favourite topics that has potential to change the supply chain substantially. It is quite clear that consumers will have much more power in choosing suppliers, being helped by smart meters; while suppliers will benefit from secure smart grid providing wealth of information for the grid optimisation. The big question, with regards to securing critical assets, such as smart grids, is who is going to pay for it. My guess is it will be us consumers for our collective benefit!
I thoroughly enjoyed the book on my Kindle and can wholeheartedly recommend to anyone caring about where your electricity comes from.

Well done Raj and Eric!
I found the "Applied Cyber Security and the Smart Grid" an enjoyable read and a decent overview of ... 1 Sept. 2014
By C. Shen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found the "Applied Cyber Security and the Smart Grid" an enjoyable read and a decent overview of the rapidly changing domain. Coming from the background of being an embedded system architect with CISSP certification and worked previously within the nuclear industry, I can attest to the difficulty in bridging security and "smart grid" domains. That is why I found the structure of the book flow well from:
Chapter 1 What is the Smart Grid,
Chapter 2 Smart Grid Network Architecture,
Chapter 3 Hacking the Smart Grid,
Chapter 4 Privacy Concerns with the Smart Grid,
Chapter 5 Security Models for SCADA, ICS, and Smart Grid,
Chapter 6 Securing the Smart Grid,
Chapter 7 Securing the Supply Chain, and finally,
Chapter 8 The Future of the Grid

I am glad supply chain got discussed, as this is one area that is shared in importance not only in the smart grid, but across many regulated industries, including the defense industry. To point out what is going on in the business world, the trend on US company going inversion, if the trend get so bad that tech companies start to join the bandwagon, you can bet our supply chain security just got more complicated.

I do wish that Eric would've dig deeper in the chapter covering security models for SCADA, ICS, and Smart Grid like he did in his previous book on Industrial Network Security. Otherwise, decent book.
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