Cybersecurity talk by Dr. Anurag K Srivastava, West Virginia University

This notice appeared in the Weekly Phoenix between April 4, 2023 and April 5, 2023.

April 4, 2023

Don’t miss the our next cybersecurity talk with distinguished speaker Dr. Anurag K. Srivastava from West Virginia University.

  • Title: Enabling Security and Resiliency of the Cyber-Power Grid
  • Date: Wednesday, April 5
  • Time: 11 a.m.
  • Location: IST-1000, Aula Magna

Summary: During cyber events, keeping the power on to critical facilities such as hospitals and fire departments is essential. A number of resources are available with the integration of distributed energy resources (DER) to help improve the resiliency of the critical loads during adverse events in a power grid. DER’s are also being connected as Internet of Things (IoTs). Minimizing the impact of cyber-attacks on the grid depends on one of these key factors: a) planning for cyber defense including services from DERs but preserving privacy, b) training of human operators and employee, and c) metric-driven control and operational decisions. A formal metric is needed to quantify the cyber resiliency of the electric grid and how to use that for operational cyber-resilience. This talk will cover the basics of cyber-power security and resiliency, tools for operational decision, and a testbed to validate cyber-resilience tools for the electric grid.

Dr. Anurag K. Srivastava is a Raymond J. Lane Professor and chairperson of the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Department at the West Virginia University. He is also an adjunct professor at the Washington State University and senior scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Lab. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2005. His research interest includes data-driven algorithms for power system operation and control including cyber-resiliency analysis. Srivastava’s high-impact research projects resulted in tools installed at the utility control center supported for more than $50 million by the U.S. Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, Siemens Corporate Research, Electric Power Research Institute, Schweitzer Engineering Lab, Power System Engineering Research Center, Office of Naval Research, and several national labs. In past years, he has worked in a different capacity at the Réseau de Transport d´Electricité in France, RWTH Aachen University in Germany, PEAK Reliability Coordinator, Idaho National Laboratory, PJM Interconnection, Schweitzer Engineering Lab (SEL), GE Grid Solutions, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Mississippi State University. He has delivered more than 30 keynotes, tutorials, and IEEE distinguished lectures in more than 15 countries. He is an IEEE Fellow and the author of more than 325 technical publications including a book on power system security and three patents.

For more information, contact Dr. Mohammad Reza Khalghani.