Energy sector joiner

by Mark Rowe

Estonia’s national Transmission System Operator (TSO) for electricity and natural gas, Elering, has become the latest member of the non-profit membership body European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS).

Elering is responsible for the functioning of the Estonian electricity system, ensuring electricity supply to consumers at all times. Elering manages and develops both the national transmission grid and international interconnections.

Elering CEO Taavi Veskimägi said: “Elering acknowledges that cyber security is increasingly important for critical energy infrastructure. We are confident that the deep insight provided by ENCS will help us achieve our goals.”

ENCS already works with utilities across Europe, sharing knowledge, collaborating on capacity building and conducting security tests and training.

Anjos Nijk, Managing Director at ENCS said: “After our initial focus on DSOs, who took the initiative to establish and grow ENCS, we are now rapidly extending our collaboration and focus to the TSO domain where issues like cross-border risks and DER security can be even more imminent. We are excited that the innovative Elering is now further strengthening our community, enabling further harmonisation and faster capacity building to enhance Europe’s energy grid resilience”.

And Laurent Schmitt, Secretary General of ENTSO-E said: “We are happy that Elering joins ENCS. ENTSO-E has a good history of collaboration with ENCS in our security training programme, joint cybersecurity events and collaboration in European projects aiming at preparing the Network Code Cybersecurity. Solving grid cybersecurity issues is really complex rocket science requiring to develop cross functional collaboration.”

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