The Department of Computer Science at the University of Cyprus cordially invites you to the Colloquium entitled:

Smart Grid Security: Issues and Challenges


Speaker: Dr. Chakib Bekara
Affiliation: Fraunhofer FOKUS Berlin, Germany
Category: Colloquium
Location: Room 148, Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences (FST-01), 1 University Avenue, 2109 Nicosia, Cyprus (directions)
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012
Time: 13:00-14:00 EET
Host: Andreas Pitsillides (Andreas.Pitsillides AT

The Smart Grid (SG) is the classical power grid augmented with distributed renewable energy sources and storage capacities, and which massively make use of ICT (Information and Communication Technology). The SG aims at ensuring availability, efficiency, cost-effective and security to the energy supply by making a real-time balance between energy production and energy consumption thinks to a two way communication between the different shareholders, and especially between the Utility and the customer. While the use of SG is promising in the next future, several challenges and issues are facing its large deployment and impacting its performances. In this presentation we’ll review some security related issues and challenges that are threating the deployment of the SG, and describe two features: Key Management in the Smart Grid, and the Customer’s Privacy.

Short Bio:
Chakib BEKARA holds an engineer degree in Computer Science (CS) from National Institute of Informatics in Algiers in 2003, and a Master degree in CS form Technology University of Compiegne (France) in 2004 and a Phd degree in CS form TELECOM Institute Sud-Paris in 2008. He worked during two years as a lecturer in French universities, and actually he is an ERCIM post-doctoral research fellow at Fraunhofer FOKUS Berlin (Germany). His research of interest include Security in Wireless and ad-hoc networks, Security in Wireless Sensor Networls, Security in Smart Grid/Smart Metering and Critical Infrastructure Protection'

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