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J. Sens. Actuator Netw. 2016, 5(2), 9; doi:10.3390/jsan5020009

Group Authentication Scheme for Neighbourhood Area Networks (NANs) in Smart Grids

School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, L3 5UA Liverpool, UK
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Academic Editor: Jamil Y. Khan
Received: 1 January 2016 / Revised: 20 April 2016 / Accepted: 22 April 2016 / Published: 4 May 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Wireless Sensor Networks for Smart Grid and Smart City Applications)
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Abstract

A Neighbourhood Area Network is a functional component of the Smart Grid that interconnects the end user domain with the Energy Services Provider (ESP) domain. It forms the “edge” of the provider network, interconnecting homes instrumented with Smart Meters (SM) with the ESP. The SM is a dual interface, wireless communication device through which information is transacted across the user (a home) and ESP domains. The security risk to the ESP increases since the components within the home, interconnected to the ESP via the SM, are not managed by the ESP. Secure operation of the SM is a necessary requirement. The SM should be resilient to attacks, which might be targeted either directly or via the network in the home. This paper presents and discusses a security scheme for groups of SMs in a Neighbourhood Area Network that enable entire groups to authenticate themselves, rather than one at a time. The results show that a significant improvement in terms of resilience against node capture attacks, replay attacks, confidentiality, authentication for groups of SMs in a NAN that enable entire groups to authenticate themselves, rather than one at a time. View Full-Text
Keywords: Smart Grid; authentication; Smart Meters; key management Smart Grid; authentication; Smart Meters; key management
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Alohali, B.; Kifayat, K.; Shi, Q.; Hurst, W. Group Authentication Scheme for Neighbourhood Area Networks (NANs) in Smart Grids. J. Sens. Actuator Netw. 2016, 5, 9.

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