Securing Grid Communications:
Unleashing IEC 61850 Routable GOOSE & Sampled Values

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The IEC 61850 standard introduced two communication protocols known as the Generic Object-Oriented Substation Event and Sampled Values, or GOOSE and SV. Initially designed for communication within a single substation, new applications quickly emerged, necessitating the transmission of GOOSE and SV messages over longer distances. This rendered a flat network architecture impractical.


In response to these evolving requirements, routable authenticated and encrypted variants of GOOSE and Sampled Values have been introduced as part of the IEC 62351-9 specification.  As a result of this enhanced security, wide area protection schemes that were previously unachievable due to security concerns are now possible.

What you will learn:

  • What is Secure GOOSE & Sampled Values
  • Why do I need to secure GOOSE & Sampled Values – Review Use Cases
    • Centralized Remedial Action
    • Transfer Trip Schemes
    • Synchrophasor Delivery
    • FLISR – Fault Location Isolation and Service Restoration
    • SV Authentication in the Substation
  • How to use a KDC Server, such as Garibaldi, to manage and distribute secure keys
  • Review how a KDC Client uses the keys to encrypt, decrypt, sign, and authenticate messages for both GOOSE & SV
  • Talk about the difference between Authentication & Encryption and their unique use cases
  • Where are we today: Review the evolving security ecosystem and the adoption within the utility industry



Jackson Moore
Applications Engineer
Triangle MicroWorks, Inc.

Jackson received degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University and has a background in power systems engineering. Prior to joining Triangle, Jackson worked as a Microgrid Systems Engineer, where he aided in the design and development of control systems for multi-source microgrids. In his role of Application Engineer, Jackson serves as a bridge between our customers and our development team, seeking to understand and solve the unique and complex challenges facing the energy automation sector.

Herb Falk
Herb Falk
Senior System Architect
PCITek, Inc.

Mr. Falk has over 40 years of experience working in the automation, information exchange, standardization activities, and systems integration.  Previous employment was Westinghouse Numa-Logic and SISCO where he was responsible for 61850 and CIM integration projects and products.  Mr. Falk has been involved with IEC 61850 technology since 1982 and cyber security since 1993.  Mr. Falk is an editor of IEC 61850-8-1, editor of several cyber security standards, and is the Vice President of Testing for the UCA International Users Group (UCA Iug) . His work for His work for the UCA Iug has involved the coordination of IEC 61850 interoperability testing in 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017.



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