CybResLab Smart Grid Cyber-Resilience Laboratory


In future smart grids, more active components such as prosumer and the increasing digitization and associated increase in system complexity will increase the risk of ICT incidents and expand the scope for attacking cyber-attacks. This significantly increases the risk of far-reaching system failures. OFFIS now addresses this gap with the Smart Grid Cyber-Resilience Laboratory project, which is funded by the BMWi from the 6th Energy Research Program.

In this project, a test environment is established to test the concepts for system integration and management under uncertain communication and information conditions in digitalized energy supply systems. This unique laboratory design combines techniques for hazard identification and analysis of smart grid architectures with methods for detecting anomalies in information processes at different levels (OT / IT) of today's electric power systems. The purpose of the laboratory environment is to develop preventative security and resilience measures that prevent such incidents, but also to develop and test reactive measures for the rapid detection and immediate handling of physical- and cyber- induced incidents in electric power systems.

The goal of cyber-resilient energy systems is the tolerance for temporary loss of confidentiality and integrity in data communications and other events in the primary or cyber system. One possibility, for example, is to temporarily accept limited efficiency, while still allowing the critical supply task to continue uninterrupted.


In addition to the expansion of the SESA laboratory, in order to be able to simulate such security incidents on a large scale in real time, the focus of the project is on setting up a professional network control room with SCADA systems from German market leaders. In this control room, cyber-resilient functions and procedures should be developed as realistically as possible and be tested in combination with common control systems.


Demonstration Use-Case

The different components available in the Cyber-Resilience Laboratory are put together to develop a demonstration Use-Case in which the resilience of a simplified cyber-physical system may be tested.

The following link contains a document which provides instructions for proper interaction with the real time simulation environment run in this Use Case. Additionally, this document describes an on-line mock-up version of this use case which allows the reader to execute a simplified version of the use case, consisting in merely animations.

LINK to pdf file

The link to the mock-up demo file is available in the following link:

LINK to ppsx file

The pre-requirements for running the on-line mock-up demo is to install Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 or newer versions. For running the real-time simulation environment and run the use case, please contact Dr. Davood Babazadeh (davood.babazadeh(at) to set an appointment.


Systematic dynamic assessment for resilient operation of distribution networks

Felipe Castro, Jorge Velásquez, Davood Babazadeh and Sebastian Lehnhoff; Energy Informatics; 0October / 2018

Smart Grid Resilience Assessment - Using Multi-Domain Real-Time Platform

Davood Babazadeh, Felipe Castro, Sebastian Lehnhoff; 0November / 2018

Study on the Evaluation of Risks of Cyber-Incidents and on Costs of preventing Cyber-Incidents in the Energy Sector

Fischer, Lars and Uslar, Mathias and Morrill, Doug and Döring, Michael and Haesen, Edwin; ENER/B3/2017-465, Study for the European Commission by ecofys, Navigant and OFFIS; 10 / 2018

Towards Future SCADA Systems for ICT-reliant Energy Systems

Anand Narayan, Carsten Krüger, Andre Göring, Davood Babazadeh, Marie-Christin Harre, Bertram Wortelen, Andreas Luedtke, Sebastian Lehnhoff; International ETG-Congress 2019; ETG Symposium; 2019

Framework for the Integration of ICT-relevant Data in Power System Applications

Michael Brand, Shoaib Ansari, Felipe Castro, Ranim Chakra, Batoul Hage Hassan, Carsten Krüger, Davood Babazadeh, Sebastian Lehnhoff; PowerTech; 2019

Towards Virtualization of Operational Technology to Enable Large-Scale System Testing

Shoaib Ansari, Felipe Castro, Dennis Weller, Davood Babazadeh, Sebastian Lehnhoff; Proceedings for 2019 Eurocon; 0July / 2019

Contribution of Coordinated Charging of Plug-in Electric Vehicles to Urban Medium Voltage Distribution Grid

Behzad Hashemi ; Payam Teimourzadeh Baboli ; Shamsodin Taheri ; René Wamkeue; IEEE 7th International Conference on Smart Energy Grid Engineering (SEGE); 2019

Trust in control: a trust model for power system network assessment

Brand, Michael and Babazadeh, Davood and Lehnhoff, Sebastian and Engel, Dominik; EPJ Web of Conferences; 2019

Grid Function Virtualization for Reliable Provision of Services in Cyber-Physical Energy Systems

Anand Narayan, Batoul Hage Hassan, Shadi Attarha, Carsten Krüger, Davood Babazadeh, Sebastian Lehnhoff; Power and Energy Society (PES) General meeting 2020; 0August / 2020

A Review of the Measures to Enhance Power Systems Resilience

Maedeh Mahzarnia ; Mohsen Parsa Moghaddam ; Payam Teimourzadeh Baboli ; Pierluigi Siano; IEEE Systems Journal; 2020


Start: 01.10.2017
End: 30.09.2020

Source of funding

Related projects


A framework for modular simulation of active components in Smart Grids


New Energy Grid Structures for the Energy Transition