The European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS) and European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids (EDSO) have committed to take active leadership on Europe’s smart grids cyber protection.
The organisations took the pledge at their joint smart grid cyber security event held in Brussels, Belgium.
At the event, nearly 100 participants explored the challenges of smart grids cyber-security, as well as the new responsibilities placed on electricity distribution system operators (DSOs).
Participants identified the importance of creating tools that make energy transition safe for citizens and offer security for the providers.
Tools include the data generated, which is required by the smart grid system that will enable the creation of electric services at the advantage of customers.
EDSO and ENCS have also agreed to jointly take the responsibility of testing and assuring that certification delivers an improved level of grid security.
The companies will focus on providing dedicated security training, as well as exercises that are in line with threatening landscape developments. They will establish a research agenda covering the needs and priorities of European DSOs.
Additionally, the event demonstrated how the increasing responsibilities of DSOs are closely connected with the focus on consumers involved in energy transition.
ENCS managing director Anjos Nijk said: “Smart grids create a host of opportunities for network operators, but unless we’re careful, the same will be true for hackers. Protecting our infrastructure and the people who use it will depend on openness and collaboration.
“Today has been a great example of that and we look forward to continuing to provide leadership to the sector in partnership with EDSO.”
In 2016, EDSO and ENCS signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with an objective to pave the way for knowledge exchange for security regulations, cyber protection practices and standardisation for energy distribution companies.
The event is said to be in line with their existing MoU.