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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Securing the European Electricity against Malicious and accidental Threats (SESAME)

Durham Team

Prof. Tooraj Jamasb

 

Project background

SESAME is a FP7-security project cofunded by the European Commission, aiming at providing a contribution to the development of tools and a regulation framework for the security of the European power grid against natural, accidental and malicious attacks.

The security of critical infrastructures is a hot topic all over the western world. On one side, infrastructures have grown in complexity and related vulnerability. On the other, a vast number of hazards, both due to accidental causes and to intentional attacks, threatens critical infrastructures and may have disastrous effects on society from the social and economic point of view. Power systems are a key critical infrastructure system; since power systems are vital to the whole society, the social impact of power system failures is paramount. Terrorist attacks to other critical infrastructures (such as railways and subways in several countries) make the issue of likely intentional attacks to power systems both substantial and urgent. In that respect, the protection against malicious attacks has become a key concern whose importance keeps growing. Intentional attacks may be physical (directed to components of power systems like substations, transmission lines, power plants and so on) and cyber (directed to monitoring systems, control and communication architectures, and so on).

 

For furtehr information go to SESAME project website.