ENCS launches RTBT cyber security training for energy sector

7 December 2017 (Last Updated December 7th, 2017 12:32)

The European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS) has launched its Red Team / Blue Team (RTBT) training to help the energy sector prevent, detect, and respond to cyber threats.

The European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS) has launched its Red Team / Blue Team (RTBT) training to help the energy sector prevent, detect, and respond to cyber threats.

ENCS is a non-profit member organisation consisting of several stakeholders and security experts, which collaborate to integrate secure critical energy grids and infrastructure across Europe.

The RTBT cyber security training will re-enact cyber-attacks by casting participants as hackers and defenders in a live attack scenario in the power sector. This will help consolidate the required knowledge of how to detect and address such threats.

ENCS managing director Anjos Nijk said: “As the energy landscape changes, it’s vital companies keep pace with innovations and step up their security measures.

“Access to the right skills has been a barrier in the past but now is the time to catch up. Our training will equip people with the expertise, knowledge, and capabilities needed to protect their critical infrastructure.”

“Access to the right skills has been a barrier in the past but now is the time to catch up.”

ENCS has designed this latest, open-ended training environment to simulates a power grid operator. It features a simulated company called Gridnet, and includes physical utility devices such as a medium-voltage circuit breakers, routers, protocol gateways, and protection relays.

During the first two days of training, security experts provide an overview of different cyber-attack techniques and various defensive measures.

On the third day, participants from the power sector are divided into a red team and a blue team. The red team attempts to shut down Gridnet, gaining significant knowledge about operational technology risks. Participants in the red team also learn to think like a hacker.

The blue team attempts to defend the simulated power grid by working on security monitoring, breach detection, and incident response.