Title

The FACTS System Security Policy

Presenter Information

Michelle Swenty

Department

Computer Science

Major

Mathematics and Computer Science

Research Advisor

McMillin, Bruce M.

Advisor's Department

Computer Science

Funding Source

Undergraduate Research at the University of Missouri--Rolla

Abstract

In 2003, a major blackout disabled a portion of Northeastern United States and Canada. Electricity was in high demand and could not be supported by the transmission capacity. This interrupted daily lives and shut down businesses, health systems, and cities. The Electric Power Research Institute has estimated upgrades to cost 50-100 billion tax- paying dollars. The blackouts led to research in power systems to regulate the transmission of power. The result is a system, the FACTS Power system, which works to redirect power flow and prevent future blackouts from occurring. This project is an ongoing collaboration at The University of Missouri-Rolla between the Computer Science, Computer Engineering & Electrical Engineering departments at UMR and Sandia National Laboratories through grants funded by the National Science Foundation. This study identifies security threats and develops a policy that will help define and prevent threats from interfering with the work of the system.

Biography

Michelle Swenty is a senior in Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of Missouri--Rolla. She will be graduating in May 2006. Upon graduation, Michelle will be working full time at The Boeing Company as a Software Engineer and pursuing a masters’ degree in Computer Science.

Research Category

Engineering

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Award

Engineering poster session, Third place

Presentation Date

12 Apr 2006, 1:00 pm

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The FACTS System Security Policy

In 2003, a major blackout disabled a portion of Northeastern United States and Canada. Electricity was in high demand and could not be supported by the transmission capacity. This interrupted daily lives and shut down businesses, health systems, and cities. The Electric Power Research Institute has estimated upgrades to cost 50-100 billion tax- paying dollars. The blackouts led to research in power systems to regulate the transmission of power. The result is a system, the FACTS Power system, which works to redirect power flow and prevent future blackouts from occurring. This project is an ongoing collaboration at The University of Missouri-Rolla between the Computer Science, Computer Engineering & Electrical Engineering departments at UMR and Sandia National Laboratories through grants funded by the National Science Foundation. This study identifies security threats and develops a policy that will help define and prevent threats from interfering with the work of the system.