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Computers 2016, 5(2), 7; doi:10.3390/computers5020007

Cognitive Radio for Smart Grid with Security Considerations

College of Information Technology, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, P.O. Box 15551, UAE
College of Engineering, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, P.O. Box 15551, UAE
College of Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Omaha, NE 68182, USA
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Academic Editor: Thomas Strang
Received: 29 January 2016 / Revised: 14 April 2016 / Accepted: 25 April 2016 / Published: 28 April 2016
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In this paper, we investigate how Cognitive Radio as a means of communication can be utilized to serve a smart grid deployment end to end, from a home area network to power generation. We show how Cognitive Radio can be mapped to integrate the possible different communication networks within a smart grid large scale deployment. In addition, various applications in smart grid are defined and discussed showing how Cognitive Radio can be used to fulfill their communication requirements. Moreover, information security issues pertained to the use of Cognitive Radio in a smart grid environment at different levels and layers are discussed and mitigation techniques are suggested. Finally, the well-known Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) is integrated with the Cognitive Radio part of a smart grid communication network to protect against unauthorized access to customer’s data and to the network at large. View Full-Text
Keywords: cognitive radio; information security; smart grid; role-based access control cognitive radio; information security; smart grid; role-based access control

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Shuaib, K.; Barka, E.; Al Hussien, N.; Abdel-Hafez, M.; Alahmad, M. Cognitive Radio for Smart Grid with Security Considerations. Computers 2016, 5, 7.

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