Vulnerability Assessment and Experimentation of Smart Grid DNP3


  • Ihab Darwish City University of New York, City College, USA
  • Obinna Igbe City University of New York, City College, USA
  • Tarek Saadawi City University of New York, City College, USA



Smart-Grid, SCADA, DNP3, IED, Malicious Attacks, MITM, DoS, and Game Theory


Smart-grids security is becoming a challenging research area that has emerged in recent years facing the energy sector. Threats are arising every day that could cause great scale of damages in critical infrastructure. Our paper will assess vulnerabilities pertaining to internal security threats associated with the smart grid.We will perform penetration testing using various attack scenarios in a simulated virtual environment involving DNP3 protocol. Vulnerability analysis and penetration testing involving Man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack will be addressed. Ultimately, by utilizing theoretical modeling of smart-grid attacks using game theory, we will be able to optimize our detection and mitigation strategies to reduce cyber threats in DNP3 environment. Intrusion detection system (IDS) will be necessary to identify attackers targeting the smart grid infrastructure. Mitigation techniques will ensure a healthy check of the network. Performing DNP3 vulnerabilities assessment, security attacks, detections, preventions and counter measures will be our goals to achieve in this research paper.



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Author Biographies

Ihab Darwish, City University of New York, City College, USA

I. Darwish is a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical Engineering at City College of New York – CUNY involved in Cyber Security research affiliated with the Center of Information Networking and Telecommunications (CINT) with a focus on vulnerabilities, attack models, simulation and prevention techniques covering different practical implementation including power-grid systems. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) holding multiple certificates from the industry including Microsoft and Oracle with over than 20 years of IT & project management related experiences, and have worked with various IT solutions and applications in many different business environments. Currently, he is a Visiting Professor at DeVry University and a Lecturer at various institutions in NY and NJ in the areas of electrical engineering and information technology.

Obinna Igbe, City University of New York, City College, USA

O. Igbe is a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical Engineering at the City College of New York (CCNY) with particular interest in Network Security; more especially security of cloud infrastructures, connected vehicles and smart grids. He also holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from CCNY and a B.E. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Imo State University, Nigeria. Obinna has worked with the International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) and the Department of Instructional and Information Technology under New York’s Department of Education (DIIT-NYCDOE). He is currently working with Dr. Tarek Saadawi; his Ph.D. mentor and director of CCNY’s Center for Information Networking and Telecommunication (CINT) on a biological computation approach to intrusion detection in cloud computing environments.

Tarek Saadawi, City University of New York, City College, USA

T. Saadawi Directs the Center of Information Networking and Telecommunications (CINT) at the City University of New York, City College. He has published extensively in the area of information networks and network security. He is a co-editor of the book “Cyber Infrastructure Protection,” Strategic Study Institute, Volume 1, May 2011, Volume 2 May 2013, and Volume 3 (expected December 2016), and the Lead-author of the book, “Fundamentals of Telecommunication Networks,” John Wiley & Sons, 1994 (which has been translated into Chinese). His most recent research work has focused on vulnerability of wireless network, denial of service attacks and mitigation strategy, and resilient routing protocols for wireless mobile networks. He received the Ph.D. (EE) from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1980. His fundamental work in 2001, on the Wi-Fi development (IEEE 802.11) has been cited heavily in many standards committees and published work, then he followed on with the recent 2013 work on the security of Wi-Fi technology.


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How to Cite

Darwish I, Igbe O, Saadawi T. Vulnerability Assessment and Experimentation of Smart Grid DNP3. JCSANDM [Internet]. 2016 Jun. 29 [cited 2023 Dec. 5];5(1):23–54. Available from: