Secure-WAMS: Cyber-security mechanisms for wide-area monitoring and control of next-generation power grids


The application demonstrates impacts of cyber attacks in a power grid, and how the wide-area communications helps re-stabilize the grid.

Project milestone

In Development

Idea Complete
Prototype Complete
In Development

Impact statement

Power system utility companies and Independent System Operators will highly benefit from this application. Utilities and ISOs all across the US are currently installing hundreds of Phasor Measurement Units (PMUs) under the Department of Energy's smart grid investment grants. Once these PMUs start communicating massive volumes of data from one part of the grid to another, cyber-security will become an imperative issue. Our application will show how these PMU data can be handled intelligently in real-time using distributed algorithms such that even if there is any attempt of a malicious attack the underlying communication architecture can reconfigure its routing principles and bypass the immediate impact of the attack. The application will also be of interest to IT companies, as well as to academicians working in the area of smart grid security.



  • SDN
  • OpenFlow
  • Low-latency
  • Local cloud / edge computing
  • GENI/US Ignite Rack
  • Layer 2


National Science Foundation