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Security and Communication Networks
Volume 2017, Article ID 7369684, 18 pages
Research Article

Cybersecurity Vulnerability Analysis of the PLC PRIME Standard

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Correspondence should be addressed to Miguel Seijo Simó; se.m3cu.ti@ojiesm

Received 20 February 2017; Accepted 18 May 2017; Published 5 July 2017

Academic Editor: Sherali Zeadally

Copyright © 2017 Miguel Seijo Simó et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Security in critical infrastructures such as the power grid is of vital importance. The Smart Grid puts power grid classical security approach on the ropes, since it introduces cyberphysical systems where devices, communications, and information systems must be protected. PoweRline Intelligent Metering Evolution (PRIME) is a Narrowband Power-Line Communications (NB-PLC) protocol widely used in the last mile of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) deployments, playing a key role in the Smart Grid. Therefore, this work aims to unveil the cybersecurity vulnerabilities present in PRIME standard, proposing solutions and validating and discussing the results obtained.