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OpenFMB Proof of Concept Implementation Research



Michael J. Bartock, Rebecca Herold


A smart grid messaging framework is known as an Open Field Message Bus (OpenFMB, which was ratified by the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) in March 2016 and has been released as NAESB RMQ.26, Open Field Message Bus (OpenFMB) Model Business Practices. OpenFMB focuses on describing a publish-and-subscribe model of communication for smart grid devices to enable efficient communication of data. Subsequent analysis of OpenFMB and its possible implementations will focus on threat analyses of the framework, implementations, cybersecurity recommendations, and a proof of concept implementation of OpenFMB. The OpenFMB framework is being explored as a way to implement publish-subscribe communications between smart grid network nodes. This paper focuses on the cybersecurity risk implications of deployments and a proof of concept implementation of OpenFMB.
Technical Note (NIST TN) - 2066
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NAESB, NISTIR 7628, OpenFMB, proof of concept implementation, publish-subscribe communications, Smart Grid cybersecurity.


Bartock, M. and Herold, R. (2020), OpenFMB Proof of Concept Implementation Research, Technical Note (NIST TN), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 21, 2024)


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Created July 28, 2020, Updated March 1, 2021