Cyber

Grid cyber security understanding

by Mark Rowe

In June 2016, two European bodies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the view of working together on knowledge exchange for cyber security practices. They are the European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS) and European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids (EDSO). The two decided in 2018 to establish an Addendum to the MoU, which opens potential for collaboration in areas such as security requirements, training, regulatory recommendations and validation and testing.

Anjos Nijk, Managing Director, ENCS says: “Our collaboration with EDSO so far has been a great success. Protecting energy grids from cyber threats requires a trusted and collaborative community. That is what we aim to provide at ENCS and our work with EDSO on security regulations, standardisation and best practice for DSOs have benefited from our close collaboration. We are both network organisations, with the goal of helping our existing and new members across Europe keep their grids secure. This strengthened partnership will help us do exactly that.

And EDSO’s Secretary General, Roberto Zangrandi says: “Throughout the EU, smart & digital electricity networks have become fundamental drivers towards decarbonised societies and economies. However, while digital components and systems represent key enablers, they also open the door for emerging cyber threats. DSOs have taken this risk very seriously and this renewed partnership is another evidence of our commitment to tackle this threat as our duty to the European citizens.”

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