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Euro bodies joins forces to protect grids from cyber attacks

Steve Rogerson
July 5, 2017
 
The European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS) and the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (Entso-E) have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop cyber security regulation, practices and standards for the electricity transmission system.
 
This tighter collaboration between ENCS and Entso-E could be an important step towards increasing the resilience of Europe’s power system against cyber-attacks.
 
Under the MoU, the two bodies will share expertise, information and resources: ENCS providing Entso-E with technical information and support on cyber security issues while Entso-E will give ENCS insights into the European transmission system and the particular challenges faced by its operators.
 
“As a membership organisation, our strength is in the huge collective experience and knowledge spread across our member base,” said Anjos Nijk, managing director of ENCS. “That’s what we bring to bear on solving Europe’s smart grid cyber security challenges. By collaborating with Entso-E, we gain visibility and insight from a wider and deeper pool of experts, and they can begin to benefit from the expertise we’ve developed.”
 
This closer collaboration results from a series of hacking and security training programmes organised by ENCS in which Entso-E and its members participated.
 
“The energy landscape is in a period of rapid transition,” said Laurent Schmitt, secretary general of Entso-E. “One of the biggest changes is the ever-mounting cyber security challenge. We’re delighted to work with ENCS, as well as with the European agency Enisa, to help our members increase their resilience, while bringing their own very valuable contribution to the wider security conversation.”
 
Entso-E is the European network gathering 43 electricity transmission system operators of 36 countries. Created by EU legislation, it is tasked with mandates such as pan-European market data platforms, grid modelling and development plans, grid security analysis, technical and market rules, and policy proposals.