The European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS) and the European Distribution System Operators’ Association (E.DSO) have launched the first set of cyber-security baseline requirements for smart meters (SMs) and data concentrators (DCs).

ENCS is a non-profit organisation which focuses on bringing together stakeholders and security experts to deploy secure European critical energy grids and infrastructure, while E.DSO serves as an interface between Europe’s DSOs and the European institutions.

E.DSO Technology Committee chairman Joachim Schneider said: “Traditionally, grid operators have looked to manufacturers to implement security measures in components, but manufacturers have waited for the operators to tell them what they needed rather than invest in the wrong technology.

“With these requirements, ENCS and E.DSO break the impasse, and we can all move forward as a more secure industry.”

The new security guidelines for smart grid components focus on improving and harmonising the security of smart grid devices across Europe and aim to build a more resilient ‘grid of grids’.

They provide a practical set of considerations to the European distribution network operators (DNOs) and distribution system operators (DSOs), which can be used by the operators either fully or partially when procuring and testing SMs and DCs.

ENCS managing director Anjos Nijk said: “With the harmonisation of smart meter requirements we have moved away from the scattered approach that saw disparate security requirements spring up across Europe.”

“As more grid operators across Europe use this same requirements set, it incentivises manufacturers to improve security.”

The new guidelines are already being implemented by the DSOs in Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Portugal Sweden and the Netherlands for procurement and security testing purposes.