Secure SCADA communication by using a modified key management scheme

ISA Trans. 2013 Jul;52(4):517-24. doi: 10.1016/j.isatra.2013.02.005. Epub 2013 Mar 22.


This paper presents and evaluates a new cryptographic key management scheme which increases the efficiency and security of the Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) communication. In the proposed key management scheme, two key update phases are used: session key update and master key update. In the session key update phase, session keys are generated in the master station. In the master key update phase, the Elliptic Curve Diffie-Hellman (ECDH) protocol is used. The Poisson process is also used to model the Security Index (SI) and Quality of Service (QoS). Our analysis shows that the proposed key management not only supports the required speed in the MODBUS implementation but also has several advantages compared to other key management schemes for secure communication in SCADA networks.

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms*
  • Computer Communication Networks*
  • Computer Security*
  • Information Storage and Retrieval / methods*
  • Signal Processing, Computer-Assisted*