December 30, 2019
Conference Paper

Enabling Secure Grid Information Sharing through Hash Calendar-based Blockchain Infrastructures


The power grid is becoming increasingly interconnected, as information from grid operations must be accessible to an array of engineers, grid regulators, and market operators. However, there remain challenges ensuring the appropriate integrity and authenticity of the grid information. While traditional cryptographic protocols, like public key infrastructure, provide security for in-transit communication, they come with key exchanges and cost to get public key certificates from a centralized authority. To address these challenges, this paper demonstrates how a hash calendar-based blockchain can be used to provide improved security for communication with the use of distributed ledgers. It demonstrates the security requirements and threats to this communication, and then provides a theoretic definition of the process. Furthermore, it introduces a use-case of the proposed process within the WSU Smart City Testbed DMS with the Guardtime’s Keyless Signature Infrastructure (KSI) architecture.

Revised: March 18, 2020 | Published: December 30, 2019


Kaur K.J., A.L. Hahn, S.G. Gourisetti, M.E. Mylrea, and R. Singh. 2019. Enabling Secure Grid Information Sharing through Hash Calendar-based Blockchain Infrastructures. In IEEE Resilience Week (RWS 2019), November 4-7, 2019, San Antonio, TX, 200-205. Piscataway, New Jersey:IEEE. PNNL-SA-138078. doi:10.1109/RWS47064.2019.8971819